An appeal to raise awareness and money for a new centre dedicated to treating cancer at Clatterbridge has been held.
The ’Let’s go Green’ campaign saw the Tower of Refuge and Douglas Power Station join many buildings in Liverpool, Wirral and St Helen’s in lighting up green, the corporate colour of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust and its charity, for the week-long appeal.
Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity was set up in 2009 following the death of 21-year-old Naseem Pishvaie, who battled an aggressive brain tumour and spent several weeks being treated at Clatterbridge, which is on the Wirral.
The Manx charity’s aim is to support island residents with brain tumours through financial support and providing the latest information about their condition.
Naseem’s mother and charity secretary Gerry Pishvaie said: ’The work that Clatterbridge do is excellent and they have helped a lot of brain tumour sufferers with their treatment.
’We spent six weeks there while Naseem was having radiotherapy and the care she received was excellent.
’According to the new cancer hospital appeal, with one in two people now expected to be diagnosed with cancer over their lifetime, it’s vital that the region has a state-of-the-art facility to provide best quality care and pioneering research.’
A spokesman for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity said: ’The Let’s go Green campaign was aimed at introducing the wider public to both Clatterbridge Cancer Charity (CCC) and the appeal by wearing Clatterbridge green or seeing famous landmarks turned green.
’The aim is to have an annual "Let’s Go Green" day to revisit key appeal messages and raise the profile and funds during the life of the campaign and beyond.’
The week kicked off with collections at Everton’s home game against Bournemouth and the players warming up in Clatterbridge green t-shirts.
Buildings in Liverpool such as Liverpool Town Hall, Central Library, the Cunard Building and St George’s Hall were all lit up green as well as Everton’s Goodison ground.
Wirral Council also lit up their buildings for the week. St Helen’s and Knowsley Councils both lit up buildings across the borough.
Businesses, schools and colleges were also asked to wear something green for one day and pay £1 to the charity.
The new hospital is due to open in 2019 and £8 million will also be invested in the current site in Wirral as part of the £157 million investment in transforming cancer care.
The radiotherapy centre at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Aintree and chemotherapy clinics in the region’s district hospitals will also continue to treat patients.