Malmesbury Abbey lit up purple on Thursday 16th November to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day and shine a light on this silent killer - only 5% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive after five years with around 9,600 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year.

 

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and the act of lighting up a focal point in a village, town or city symbolises a way to remember loved ones who have sadly died of the disease, as well as celebrate the lives of those that have survived. Other landmarks lit up in addition to Malmesbury Abbey included Glasgow Cathedral, the Fountains in Trafalgar Square, HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, Enniskillen Castle and many more.

Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is supported by the charities Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Action, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Planets and CORE. Members of Pancreatic Cancer UK were invited with other guests to drinks and canapes provided by The Old Bell Hotel after the light up with an opportunity to hear from the charity.

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