Paint Cheadle Hulme PINK!
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining residents, community groups and local campaigners in Cheadle Hulme for the annual “Paint Cheadle Hulme Pink” day. This event saw people from all parts of the community come together to highlight awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for tackling the disease. It was great to be involved and spend some time with local councillors Mark Hunter, Suzanne Wyatt and local campaigner Helen Foster-Grime.
Breast Cancer is one of the biggest causes of death in Stockport, with 757 cases reported in 2016. So, on a local level this charity event was incredibly important. However, on a personal level also the event touched me. My grandmother, Patricia, died of cancer when I was only small but I still remember the pain it caused my family.
She was the original politician. A founding member of the SDP she had strong opinions and was not shy about sharing them. My guess is I have somewhere along the way picked up her bug for politics and community campaigning….
Even though the rain was torrential, spirits were not at all dampened and the turn out was brilliant. I managed to join in time for the march which went through Cheadle Hulme, starting at the Governor’s House and ending at Oak Meadows Park.
What struck me during the day was how incredible it was to have so many different groups represented. The local Police and Fire Brigade, representatives from Stockport County, local councillors and even the Mayor were all present to back the campaign.
This was a brilliant example of people coming together, utilising local facilities and driving positive action for the benefit of the community. It proved, if ever proof was needed, that people can come together and make an incredibly positive impact for their local area.
Massive congratulations go to the Paint Cheadle Hulme Pink team, I Love Cheadle Hulme, and everyone else involved with organising such a great day.
For more information on the Paint The Town Pink campaign go to: http://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/take-part-in-a-fundraising-event/paint-the-town-pink.