Chester landmarks to be illuminated to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic awarness month

Green Networking and Lunch event

An announcement is due shortly about which of Chester’s landmark buildings will be bathed in purple lights on Wednesday 18th November in support of national charity Pancreatic Cancer UK’s #purplelights campaign.

The organisers behind the illumination of Chester’s landmarks, Chester-based health and wellbeing business The Green Pages and north wales based business woman Ghazala Jabeen, are also holding a Green networking and lunch fundraiser on the same day. The lunch takes place at Macdonald New Blossoms hotel in the centre of Chester to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK. November is pancreatic cancer awareness month and the events are inspired by and form part of the UK charity’s national Host for Hope events as well as the international Lights for Hope campaign which will see the illumination of landmarks including Niagara Falls.

The fundraising efforts are driven by Ghazala who tragically lost her husband Harold Martin Swindells (aka Mr HMS) just over a year ago to the disease. His wish was to help make a difference to anyone affected by pancreatic cancer through fundraising and by increasing people’s awareness of the symptoms of the disease which has one the lowest survival rates of all cancers.

The networking lunch is being held at Macdonald New Blossoms hotel who are also sponsoring the event. Ghazala will be sharing her emotional story of Martin's bravery and her campaign to help those affected by the illness. She will be joined by Natalia Kerkham, medical herbalist and nutritional therapist, who will be talking about symptoms and prevention.  The lunch is one of Green Pages biggest networking events of the year and all proceeds from the event will go to Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Local businesses are invited to join Gaz and the Green Pages as well as the Sheriff of Chester Cllr Alex Black and the Sheriff's Lady Mrs Janet Black who will be attending the event. There will be healthy lifestyle exhibitors and networking opportunities along with a raffle in aid of the charity. Any donations of prizes beforehand from local businesses would be greatly appreciated.

Ghazala says ‘Being aware of the main symptoms means earlier diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer took the life of my beloved husband but his wish was to raise awareness to help save other people’s lives and that is why supporting this campaign is so vital.’

Event co-organiser and Green Pages founder Svitlana Bulava says ‘I was really moved by the emotional but ultimately inspirational story of Gaz Jabeen and the campaign she runs to make a difference to anyone affected by pancreatic cancer.  I hope the local community and business owners will get involved and support us by coming along to the lunch. We’d really appreciate guests wearing something purple at the event as another way of showing their support.’

The networking and lunch takes place between 10am-1pm and booking is essential. Tickets are £25 per person and cover admission, all refreshments and lunch. To book, find out more information about the event, enquire about exhibiting on the day or to donate raffle prizes please contact organiser Svitlana Bulava at or visit our event page


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