Purley gets primed to turn purple for fund-raising month

Volunteers are already busy organising events around the Paint Purley Purple month, raising funds for the local cancer help charity

The South East Cancer Help Centre is calling on local shops, businesses, schools, organisations and residents to hold purple-themed fundraising events or activities and share their efforts on social media as part of its annual fund-raising and awareness month, which runs right through October.

The charity has several fundraising events planned, beginning with the official opening event at Tesco Purley, to be attended by the local MP, Chris Philp.

There’s also a Dog Jog on October 19 in Crystal Palace, a race night, and a performance by the Croydon Philharmonic Choir on October 26.

The fund-raising volunteers will be collecting at Tesco with a new Spin To Win wheel (courtesy of Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors) most Fridays and Saturdays in October.

“We will help you run your own events such as having a dress down day at work or a cake sale, while all the local schools are once again being invited to take part in purple mufti days,” according to SECHC fund-raiser Natalie Mulcahy.

“Get as many of your friends and family as possible to come along to one of our events and help raise funds while enjoying a night out,” she said.

Knitting teams helped to ‘yarn bomb’ the trees around Purley last autumn, covering their branches in purple

SECHC chairman Jennifer Mollett said, “Last year it was great to see people smiling at the yarn bombing and hear schoolchildren explaining to their families and friends why SECHC had turned the trees purple.

“As we receive no government funding events like this are our life blood and it is a great way for local people to support their local charity whilst having fun. We are hoping to see everyone wear a splash of purple during the month and I am hoping to meet as many people as possible at the events being held.”

SECHC has received sponsorship from Sunrise Senior Living and Power Bespoke, who have helped with a Rod Stewart Tribute Night, as well as long-term supporters Tesco.

To get an awareness pack or for more information, please call Natalie Mulcahy on 020 8668 0974 or email fundraising@sechc.org.uk

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