Issue date: 27 September 2002

120 students studying textiles, fashion and drawing & applied arts, at the University of the West of England are designing bras and artwork with a ‘pink and precious’ theme for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The new first year students have been given three days to come up with designs on the theme of ‘pink and precious’.

The pink ribbon is the universal symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and precious because life is precious. British designer Rachel Robarts (Wallis designer) chose this theme for her specially designed 'precious' designer t-shirt for this year's awareness campaign.

Sonja Andrew, award leader in textiles at UWE, who helped to organise the project, says, “This is a great way for students to start the semester and show their creativity through a fun but thought provoking project. We took part in the challenge for the first time last year and we are pleased to help Cancer Research UK once again with this project. Last year’s results were excellent and we are looking forward to seeing the students’ finished work on Friday.”

Karen Willis, Community Fundraiser for the Bristol area for Cancer Research UK says, "We are thrilled that once again UWE students are getting in the pink this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer Research UK is the major funder of breast cancer research in this country. Thanks to research, death rates from the disease have fallen by 22 per cent in the last ten years. We are working to save even more lives with an annual spend on breast cancer of over £15 million.'

The students’ work will be assessed and prizes for the best pieces awarded on Friday 27 September at the Faculty of Art Media and Design at Bower Ashton in Bristol.


Editor’s notes

1. Photo Opportunity: There will be an opportunity to see the students completed work and photograph the winners at 11.00 am on Friday 27 September in the drawing centre (right of the main foyer area) in the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at Bower Ashton in Bristol.

To attend this event please contact the UWE press office details below.

2. Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer Research UK is urging supporters to Get In The Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Throughout the month - and particularly on Get In the Pink Day (Friday 4 October), the UK's leading cancer research charity is urging supporters to turn the world pink and raise vital funds for more research. Call Cancer Research UK's Bristol office to find out how you can get involved on 0117 952 4050.

3. Breast Cancer – The Facts

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, accounting for more than one in four (29 per cent) of all cancers in women. Statistics show that breast cancer rates have been rising steadily for the last 30 years. Experts say they cannot completely account for the rise but a number of lifestyle factors may be contributing to this trend. In England, 32,900 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. But the good news is that death rates have dropped by 22 per cent in the last decade. Improved treatments and earlier detection are the main contributory factors to this fall and research is needed to continue this success story.

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