“It's all of us versus cancer.” That’s the rallying cry from Ilford South MP, Mike Gapes, who is urging his constituents to unite for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.
Joining fellow MPs at a Westminster event on March 7, Mike backed the charity’s call to join the fight against all cancers by taking part in Race for Life, volunteering on the day or helping to raise vital funds.
It’s all of us versus cancer and Cancer Research UK needs you to join the fight as soon as possible. Money raised through Race for Life is crucial to the charity’s life-saving work. Whether you take part on the big day, sponsor friends and family or lend your time as a volunteer, you’ll be making a stand against the disease and a real difference to people with cancer here in our community.
At the Westminster event, Mike met experts who explained why Cancer Research UK is campaigning to give young people one less reason to start smoking by putting tobacco products in plain packaging – this means with no branding, so all packs look the same with big health warnings. Research shows glitzy tobacco packaging is attractive to young people.
As part of the fight against all cancers, Cancer Research UK is working to reduce the number of young people who start smoking – nearly 160,000 11 to 15 year olds – every year.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a women-only series of events which raises millions of pounds every year for life-saving research into 200 types of cancer - helping men, women and children across London and the south east survive.
More information about Cancer Research UK's work can be found at www.cancerresearchuk.org.