One Direction star and a host of famous faces join Furness shops to back cancer campaign

SOUTH Cumbrian shops and businesses are joining forces with a group of famous faces to unite on World Cancer Day.

A total of 3,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in Cumbria every year.

One Direction’s Niall Horan, presenter Piers Morgan, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, actor and US chat show host James Corden and X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger are uniting this Saturday, to help beat cancer sooner.

Cancer Research UK is calling on men, women and children to play their part by wearing a Unity Band or donating. Money raised will help fund life-saving research and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

World Cancer Day Unity Bands are made of two parts, knotted together, to symbolise strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.

The bands come in three different colours – pink, navy and cyan - and are available from dozens of locations across the county including Cancer Research UK shops in Barrow and Ulverston for a suggested donation of £2 as well as online at

Locations stocking the bands include Ardent Dental Care, Oxford Street, Barrow, The Works Dalton Road, both in Barrow, Wynsors World of Shoes, mydentist - Market Street, both Dalton and Rowlands Pharmacy Wellington Street, Millom. And Cancer Research shop in Barrow and Ulverston.

A street collection will also be held in Barrow Town Centre on Friday.

Every band worn, every donation made and everyone who shows their support will help save more lives by funding research that will accelerate our progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

This year, Cancer Research UK is working with nine other charities to encourage people to wear a Unity Band and help raised vital funds. By joining together, the charities hope to raise awareness and make an impact in transforming the lives of millions who are affected by cancer.

Last year Cancer Research UK, which carries out pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, spent around £23million on research in the North West.Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Cumbria, said: “World Cancer Day provides an opportunity for people in Barrow, Ulverston and Millom and the rest of South Cumbria, as well as across the world, to show that together we can be a powerful force to help beat cancer sooner.“So many of us know someone affected by cancer, and wearing a Unity Band or donating is a simple and easy way to show your support.

“Whatever you motivation – to remember a loved one, celebrate people who have overcome the disease, or to rally in support of those going through treatment - World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and help more people survive this disease.

“One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime and every year 3,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in Cumbria.

“Survival has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress – but every step our doctors, nurses and scientists take relies on donations from the public and the tireless fundraising of our supporters.

“We hope everyone joins us on World Cancer Day by wearing a Unity Band and pledging support so we can beat cancer sooner.”

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