Cancer fighters think pink at Leeds arena

Cancer fighters and survivors at Leeds' First Direct Arena.
Cancer fighters and survivors at Leeds' First Direct Arena.
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CANCER fighters and survivors turned the city’s skyline pink to raise awareness of the disease.

Clients from Leeds cancer centre The Haven visited the First Direct Arena, which was lit up pink for the event, to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A chain of over 400 bras were also linked together to surround the venue to further raise awareness of the campaign.

Katherine Mitchell, who has just finished cancer treatment, said: “The Haven is a lifeline for men and women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“They offer invaluable support when it is needed most.”

Haven visitor Shaz Bolton said: “The Haven was my light at the end of my tunnel.

“From the first time I walked through those doors I felt like this was the place to be, it really was my haven.”

Debra Horsman, manager of The Haven in Yorkshire, said: “It’s so exciting to get such an iconic Yorkshire landmark changing colour for The Haven.

“We really want to use this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to make sure everyone across Yorkshire knows that we’re here and what we offer.

“The Haven is just that – a haven for anyone affected by breast cancer to come and receive support, whether through therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, or aromatherapy, or emotional, financial, or nutritional counselling.

“We want anyone going through breast cancer, either personally or otherwise, to come in and see us.”

She added: “Throughout this Breast Cancer Awareness month, we need lots of fundraising support to keep up our vital work.”

The Haven has centres in Leeds, London and Hereford, with a new Haven opening in the south of England next year.

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