Sutton Coldfield’s MP joins local fundraising efforts to raise money for breast cancer charities

17th November 2011

As part of this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness month Andrew Mitchell MP has got stuck in to help his constituent’s fundraising efforts.

On the last Friday in October he met with three local residents who run the Sutton Coldfield branch of Breakthrough Breast Cancer to discuss how he could help promote awareness and later joined staff at ASDA Minworth to help drum up funds for their Tickled Pink campaign.

Photo (L-R) Dean Harris, Andrew Mitchell MP and Sue Sneddon who are leading ASDA Minworth’s “Tickled Pink” campaign.

Speaking to Julie Robinson Chair of the Sutton Coldfield voluntary group for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Andrew praised the £700,000 they have raised over the last fourteen years. He pledged to do anything he can to help them reach their target of £1 million.

At ASDA in Minworth Andrew Mitchell joined staff in drumming up funds for Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign as part of their ‘Tickled Pink’ two months. So far the store has raised £4,437.56.

Andrew Mitchell MP said, “As a Patron of ‘Breast Friends’ in Sutton Coldfield I am acutely aware of the challenges facing Breast Cancer patients and of the valuable work carried out by Breast Cancer Charities on their behalf.

“Breast cancer affects someone in the UK every 15 minutes; nearly 48,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with the disease each year. I was pleased to be able to get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness month through these two local campaigns which will help to provide essential funds for the care of breast cancer sufferers and the efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease.”

In the Cancer Network which includes Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and the surrounding area, around 1,400 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and around 300 women die of the disease each year.

Photo: (L-R) Jean Davies, Andrew Mitchell MP, Julie Robinson and Kathy Caldwell – ladies from the Sutton Coldfield branch of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.