World Cancer Day 2016 #WeWillUnite


Today is World Cancer Day and Liberty Living is joining Cancer Research UK and the nation to unite in the fight against cancer. Cancer Research UK’s mission is to galvanise the nation to not only recognise the impact of cancer, but to show that together we can beat cancer sooner.

After launching the awareness day in the UK last year, Cancer Research UK joined forces with Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation to put together a truly global event and unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

The main symbol for the day is the Unity Band™. It is the icon of the day and represents strength in unity. We are calling upon all students to show their support by wearing a Unity Band™. Cancer Research UK Unity Bands are available in each residence for a suggested donation of £2.

It doesn’t stop there, show your support even further and follow in the footsteps of British celebrity icons Ant & Dec by posting a picture of your band using #WeWillUnite!

Ben Gee, Cancer Research UK’s Local Fundraising Manager for the City of London said: “World Cancer Day is a unique opportunity to unite for one day and show that together we can do something about cancer.

“So many of us have been affected by the disease, which is why on February 4th we are calling on all students at Liberty Living to join together and wear their Unity Band with pride”.

By wearing a Unity Band you are part of the generation that will transform the lives of millions of people affected by cancer. Research into cancer really matters. 1 in 2 people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime but, with the life changing advances in research over the last 40 years, survival has doubled.

This means that today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that within 20 years, 3 in 4 people survive their cancer. Your donation will help to pioneer research into all 200 types of cancers, and fund over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses in the UK. Not bad for donating just £2!

Liberty Living has supported Cancer Research UK for over two years. To date, our students have donated an incredible 2,500 bags of unwanted items which has raised over £40,000! We don’t want to stop there though. Last year we committed to raising even more money by supporting Cancer Research UK’s campaigns including Stand Up to Cancer in October and recently Dryathlon.

We hope this year will be no exception in gaining the support and donations that Cancer Research UK need. Thanks to all the Liberty Living students that have supported us and contributed towards the fight against cancer!

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