Charities unite to tackle cancer

James Brokenshire has demonstrated his support for World Cancer Day (4 February), attending an event in Parliament to celebrate the work of Britain’s cancer charities and launch the new Unity Band.

James met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working together to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.

As part of their fundraising efforts, Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation are calling on people across the country to show their support by wearing a Unity Band. The Unity Band is made of two parts, knotted together, to represent the importance of unity and of what can be achieved when people come together to beat cancer.

The Unity Bands are available from each charity in their own colours at for a suggested donation of £2.  All money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities’ individual research projects and support services.

Speaking following the event, James said:

“With one in two people expected to develop cancer at some point in their lifetime, almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by this devastating disease. However, World Cancer Day and the new Unity Bands are two ways that we can show our support for those people working to help develop new treatments for cancer and for those who care for our loved ones”.

“Whether you want to celebrate people who have overcome cancer, show solidarity to those going through treatment or remember loved ones – World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and help reduce the impact of cancer on future generations.”

For more information, to get any of the charities’ Unity Bands or make a donation visit