Monthly Archives: October 2016

West Wycombe Mausoleum turning purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month

Below is a press release about the Dashwood Mausoleum turning purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month

The Dashwood Mausoleum to turn purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

The Dashwood Mausoleum in West Wycombe is taking part in Pancreatic Cancer Action’s turn it purple campaign on 1st November in aid of pancreatic cancer awareness. The building will shine purple to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

By turning purple, it will help generate discussion and awareness of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms. Every year, almost 9,000 men and women will be newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and due to late diagnosis, they will be faced with a shockingly low three per cent chance of survival and an average life expectancy of just three to six months.

Sir Edward Dashwood from the West Wycombe Estate said: “We are looking forward to taking part in “Turn it Purple” this year and hope it will create a lot awareness for pancreatic cancer. You should be able to see the building lit in purple from miles around and we hope that you will support the cause.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action’s “Turn it Purple” campaign calls for businesses and individuals to highlight the fifth deadliest cancer in the UK by embracing purple – the symbolic colour for pancreatic cancer – by shining purple lights on buildings or other structures in their community, and for supporters to wear something purple at the office, at home or at school.

Pancreatic Cancer Action aims to raise awareness and funds of pancreatic cancer to drive earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Ali Stunt, CEO at Pancreatic Cancer Action, said “Each year we are overwhelmed by the huge numbers of supporters who embrace the colour purple to raise awareness. We are delighted that Dashwood Mausoleum are taking part. It’s thanks to their participation that the event will become a success and more people will become aware.

To take part in turn it purple or to find out more about pancreatic cancer please visit

Details for donating can be found here: Tweet in your pictures to #PurpleLightsUK

Thank you to Sir Edward Dashwood and the team at West Wycombe Estate for helping to raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer.

Some pictures and videos from our protest rally

…Work in progress…


Thank you to Stephanie Sutton @ for the above image! And the fantastic Singlamarket business services and Trotskee Travel for our banner!


A really big thank you to everyone who helped with our protest rally on Saturday 22nd October 2016, and everyone who has supported the cause so far!

The event details can be found here:

We had a range of campaign supporters speaking at the event. Some were planned beforehand and other attendees were given the opportunity to speak.  Passionate voices were heard, staff were praised and patient experiences were shared.

Here are the first two speakers, thank you to the talented @lynnedjones for capturing them!

And here is a patient experience that was shared:

Thank you to  Sarah-Jane Searle (Instagram @sjsearlephotography) for these images, more to follow!

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”With Wycombe hospital being one of the first to face downgrades, it began to feel like we were being pointed at whilst other hospitals fast follow suit in losing key departments. We have, and must continue to say ‘not in our name.’ ”

Were you there? Please feel free to email comments to

Some of the media mentions will be added here:

Here’s a few ways you can help at this moment in time:

The petition remains live:
You are invited to continue to help raise the profile of the campaign by displaying a poster in your windows (see home page) and submitting pictures with your hand in the ‘stop’ position as part of the picture protest #HandsUpForAHandBack. These can be as individuals, small or large groups. The hand campaign is about zooming out and uniting the community and not aimed at anyone in particular.

You are also encouraged to ask questions and attend local meetings (see home page).

Please also sign this important petition:

More to follow, this page is a work in progress, thank you!