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Belfast landmarks go gold for children with cancer this September

01 Sep 2023

This September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity has partnered with Childhood Cancer Ireland and Cancer Fund for Children to light up two of Belfast’s most iconic landmarks- Belfast City Hall and Parliament Buildings, Stormont- in gold.

Light it Up Gold is a campaign to raise awareness of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer in Northern Ireland.

The campaign will light up prominent buildings in gold and will bring communities together in solidarity with families affected by childhood cancer. The charities come together to shine a light on the disease and what it means to live with childhood cancer, as well as creating awareness of the signs and symptoms to increase early detection.

Each year on the island of Ireland, an average of 462 children, adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer, 109 of whom live in Northern Ireland.

Jane Hoare, Chief Executive at the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity:

“We are delighted to join forces again with our friends and colleagues from across the sector, to ‘Light It Up Gold’ and continue to give a voice to children and young people living with cancer in Northern Ireland.

“At the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity, we support local children and families affected by childhood cancer, as well as those hardworking and dedicated professionals who provide specialist care for them at the Children’s Cancer Unit in Belfast.

We fund wide ranging support measures, equipment and additional staffing provision, but our work also involves raising awareness of childhood cancer and the life-changing impact it has on families.”