For the third September running, Gatley has gone gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Gold is the international colour of childhood cancer awareness, with many supporters wearing a gold ribbon during September.
In 2013 three Gatley children underwent cancer treatment on Ward 84 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Their treatment overlapped and they were often together on the ward. It was then that the families realised how underfunded research is into the 200+ types of cancer which affects children all over the world.
Emma Payton was the first of the three to be diagnosed and her mum Tracey wanted to improve awareness of children’s cancer and draw attention to its lack of funding. Emma’s godmother, Pam Rowley, suggested doing something on a large scale. Together they came up with the idea of turning Gatley gold. Last year, Charlotte Jennings, one of the three diagnosed children, and her family also got involved.
Through the sale of gold ribbons, pin badges and a memory walk, they have raised around £2000 so far. More importantly, they have raised the profile of Go Gold September. The next walk is on September 13th – come and join in.
Printed and gold pin ribbons are available to buy from Best Friends on Church Road and Elegance Hair Design on Pendlebury Road for £1.