26 February 2015
Andy Burnham welcomes Macmillan's campaign bus to Leigh
Andy Burnham MP joined Leigh residents in finding out more about Macmillan's Time to choose campaign on Saturday 21 February when the campaign bus visited Bradshawgate.
In Wigan alone there are 8,500 people living with or beyond cancer up to 20 years after diagnosis, a number that is set to increase. With analysis indicating that there are a record-high 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK in 2015, Macmillan is calling on all political parties to commit to taking action on cancer ahead of this year’s general election. The UK is already failing to support everyone with cancer - and it’s going to get worse as the number of people with cancer soars.
During the visit to Bradshawgate, Macmillan representatives spoke to local people about the issues they want to see the next government address and offered local people the opportunity to be photographed supporting Macmillan’s campaign. Their pictures and thousands of others that have been taken by the campaign’s supporters from around the country can be seen on the Time to choose website.
Andy Burnham MP was also able to speak to local people affected by cancer to find out more about the issues that matter to them. He said:
'I have the highest regard for Macmillan and the work they do to support families in our area. It was great to welcome their campaign bus to Leigh and speak to local people who have benefited from their work. I have no hesitation in signing up to their proposals to improve cancer and end-of-life care.'
This visit was part of a nationwide Roadshow to raise awareness of Macmillan’s general election calls.
Laura Keely, Campaigns Manager at Macmillan, said:
'In less than two years from now 1,000 people a day will be diagnosed with cancer in the UK. As the numbers soar, more and more people in Wigan will be touched by cancer in some way.
'If we want to see cancer care improve under the next government, we must use every opportunity to make our voices heard. And this General Election provides the people of Wigan with exactly that opportunity.’
'It was great to see so many visitors to our campaigns bus in Leigh and we look forward to seeing how local people take the campaign forward by talking to local politicians about the importance of cancer care.'