World Cancer Day
Join us to celebrate World Cancer Day and help raise awareness across the region.
- Sat 4th February 2023, 8:00am
About World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day held every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).
By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we are all working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all - no matter who you are or where you live.
Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history.
Each year, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, gathering communities, organisations and individuals in schools, businesses, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community halls, places of worship - in the streets and online - acting as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.
While we live in a time of awe-inspiring advancements in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, many of us who seek cancer care hit barriers at every turn. Income, education, geographical location and discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and lifestyle are just a few of the factors that can negatively affect care.
So this year's World Cancer Day's theme, “Close the Care Gap”, is all about celebrating progress in its many forms that enable more people to seek and receive the care they need and deserve. It is about providing the momentum to fuel our fight for fairness. We will build build stronger alliances and innovative new collaborations; we will mobilise friends, family, coworkers and communities because we know that united, we are stronger.
How to get involved
Join us on 4th February and help close the cancer care gap for a cancer-free world.
You can take part in World Cancer Day by...
- Wearing purple to help raise awareness
- Fundraising so we can reach more people across the regio who are affected by cancer
- Sharing our messages on social media to help spread the word
This year, our Mascot, Westie, is donning his Christmas Pyjamas in support of Weston Park Cancer Charity. Whether you are a school, a nursery, or a caring group –anyone can get involved in Westie’s Christmas Pyjama Day.
The 30th Percy Pud will take place on Sunday 3rd December 2023. The 2023 race is now full. There is no wait list, but people who can’t run often advertise places on social media in the run up to the race.
Christmas shopping and Christmas festivities throughout The Forge!