Friends launch mission to turn Penwortham pink for charity

The Pink Champaigners of Penwortham
The Pink Champaigners of Penwortham
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Hand over your bras! A group of friends need them for a radical breast cancer campaign.

The women of The Pink Champaigners are on a mission to paint Penwortham pink in order to raise awareness and money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Breast Cancer Campaign charities.

They will be decorating planters with bunting made out of bras dyed pink, and want shops and homes throughout the town to be decked out with pink lights, ribbons, flowers and displays. There will be an entry fee and prizes for the best-dressed windows.

If successful, Penwortham will be the first town in the North West to take on the challenge and is the brainchild of group member Linda Baldwin, whose daughter in law has breast cancer.

Linda said: “We were invited to a Westminster reception last year after raising £5,000 and we got talking to another lady who had painted Newcastle-under-Lyme pink. It really touched me and I decided it would be great to do in Penwortham.

“It will be good for raising awareness, raising money for research and will bring the community together.”

Group member Cynthia Stringfellow, who has lost two sisters to the disease, said: “It’s something fun that will hopefully raise a lot of funds for research so the next generation will see cancer eradicated.”

The pink week will take place from October 16 to 23, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but flyers will be going out shortly. The Pink Champaigners will also have a stall at Penwortham Gala on June 13 and are hosting a charity dinner at Penwortham Golf Club on July 4.

For more information call Linda on 07793421866 or email her on: lindam.baldwin@btinternet.com