Charity brings purple light to Caerphilly Castle

Monday 10 November 2014

The spotlight will be on Caerphilly Castle on 13th November, marking the World Pancreatic Cancer Day, when one of the town’s most iconic landmarks will be lit purple.

  • Picture of Caerphilly Castle

    Caerphilly Castle

  • Llun o Castell Caerffili

    Caerphilly Castle

  • Picture of Caerphilly Castle

    Caerphilly Castle

Thanks to Bilfinger Europa Facility Management,  Caerphilly Castle will be illuminated as part of national charity Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Purple Lights for Hope initiative whereby people across the UK will celebrate with those who have survived pancreatic cancer, as well as remember those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Purple Lights for Hope events provide an opportunity for friends and families to come together to share their stories and unite in their commitment to fight pancreatic cancer.

Tony Payne, Head Custodian at Caerphilly Castle, said:  “We are so pleased to be taking part in Purple Lights for Hope and to be highlighting such important messages about this often neglected disease. I’d like to thank Bilfinger Europa Facility Management for agreeing to light purple on 1st November and we would love it if as many local people as possible could join us at Caerphilly Castle."

Anyone interested in holding a Purple Lights for Hope event can either organise for a local landmark or venue to be illuminated purple, or hold a more personal and low key event in their back garden or local park and show their support by lighting the night sky with purple glow sticks.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all of the 21 most common cancers in the UK with only around 4% of people diagnosed surviving five years or more. This figure has hardly changed in 40 years. It is the 5th most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK although it is predicted that by 2030 pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the 4th most common cancer killer.  

Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK says; “Purple Lights for Hope is a very effective yet poignant way of raising awareness on a local level as well as allowing those who may have been affected by this disease to come together during the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to gain both comfort and encouragement from each other.

“On behalf of everyone at Pancreatic Cancer UK, I would like to say a huge thank you to all  those involved in Purple Lights for Hope.”

Alan Steer, Bilfinger Europa Account Director, said: “We are delighted to support such a worthwhile campaign and we hope that by helping to light up Caerphilly Castle, we can make a valuable contribution during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.”

Supporters will be uploading photos and updates from across the UK on the charity’s social media platforms during November using the hashtag #purplelights.