Cancer charity’s Paint Purley Purple week set for Oct 19-26

Paint Purley Purple week will be taking place this year from October 19 to 26.

From left, fundraisers Teri Gate and Wendy Ager with South East Cancer Help Centre chair Jennifer Mollett, ready for this year’s Paint Purley Purple week

This is the fourth year that the fundraising campaign has been held, and the South East Cancer Help Centre is calling on local shops, businesses, schools, organisations and residents to hold purple-themed events or activities and share their efforts on social media.

The week’s activities coincide with the schools’ autumn half-term week, and SECHC will have a stand outside the entrance to Purley Tesco from the official opening of the campaign, on Friday October 19, and with visits from PopChoir and characters from The UK Garrison on Saturday October 20.

There will be a fundraising Quiz Night in the Pear Tree pub on October 25, while local schools and nurseries are holding mufti days, when children are allowed to not wear their school uniform but are instead encouraged to come to school wearing something vividly purple. Purley knitters are already hard at work in an effort to brighten up the streets around Purley Cross.

The week concludes with a Charity Ball on Saturday October 27 at Farleigh Golf Club, sponsored by Hawke Financial Services and Power Bespoke. Early bird tickets are available by phone on 020 8668 0974, at the Centre, or online at for £45 each.

Some of the Purley knitters who are working on decorations for Paint Purley Purple week

Among the businesses supporting the week’s events are Tesco, Frost Estate Agents, Diane’s Hair and Beauty, Pursers, Santander, and The Pear Tree.

Jennifer Mollett, the SECHC chairman, said, “We are hoping to see everyone wear a splash of purple that week and I am hoping to meet as many people as possible at the events being held.

“The aim of Paint Purley Purple is to raise people’s awareness about how SECHC helps people affected by cancer whilst raising as much money as possible to fund the vital services provided at the centre.

“Please keep an eye on our social media @SECancerHelp on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.”

SECHC, which has local NHS recognition, can be found in the Tesco Development, 2 Purley Road, Purley, CR8 2HA.

Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Aromatherapy, and Reflexology are just some of the therapies available. Activities include yoga, Tai Chi, drama, relaxation, and arts & crafts.

SECHC offers bereavement, family, telephone and individual counselling sessions and there are various support groups including specific ones for those with ovarian, bowel, prostate, breast or oesophagus and gastric cancer. For more information call 020 8668 0974.

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