A Thornton-le-Dale care home has ‘turned pink’ for breast cancer awareness, to coincide with a national campaign day on 23 October.
The Hall, which is a residential home based on Chestnut Avenue, used pink gels on their floodlights to bathe the building in a rosey hue for the week, staff wore pink wigs and masks, and residents were served pink cupcakes in a magenta dining room.
Wear it Pink is a national campaign hosted by the research and care charity Breast Cancer Now and has raised more than £35 million since its launch in 2002.
The charity estimates that 600,000 people are living with or after a breast cancer diagnosis in the UK and that every year, more than 11,500 lives are lost to the disease. It aims that, through research and support, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will survive and live well.
Diane Hagan, manager at The Hall, said: “Cancer is a disease which has affected many of our residents and staff.”
Gwen Andrews, 94, a resident at The Hall who has survived breast cancer, said: “ I have had a double mastectomy and would tell you all to keep getting yourself checked out”