Gordon has remembered friends and family who have suffered from cancer by supporting an event in Parliament for World Cancer Day.
He met with representatives from seven of the UK’s leading charities who have joined forces to unite the nation and help people affected by cancer - Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Now, CLIC Sargent, Anthony Nolan, Bowel Cancer UK and Marie Curie.
All seven organisations are calling for people across Blackpool to show their support by wearing a Unity Band or by donating at www.worldcancerday.org/donate-world-cancer-day .
Gordon said: “Attending the event in Parliament gave me chance to personally reflect on my own friends and family members who have suffered from cancer. It’s an awful illness which sadly affects the lives of far too many people – the latest figures show that one in two people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.
“That’s why I have been calling on people across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to join me in supporting World Cancer Day (4th February), either by wearing a Unity Band or making a donation. I will also continue to lobby the Government to make sure people suffering from the illness have access to the best possible treatment and care.”
He added: “I was particularly pleased to speak to the people from for Breast Cancer Care and Bowel Cancer UK as I have taken up issues relating to these types of cancers in the past.”
The Unity Bands are made of two parts, knotted together, to symbolise strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces. They are available from each of the charities on their websites, shops and other retail outlets for a suggested donation of £2. All money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities individual work.