In the pink over Worthing lights success

Worthing town crier Bob Smytherman and deputy mayor Sean McDonald at the switch on with Mark and Debbie Scott
Worthing town crier Bob Smytherman and deputy mayor Sean McDonald at the switch on with Mark and Debbie Scott

PINK lights on a bungalow dubbed Worthing’s most Christmassy home helped to raise £1,005 for a breast cancer charity.

Mark and Debbie Scott chose the colour theme to reflect their charity choice, Against Breast Cancer, a small charity based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Mark and Debbie Scott present the cheque to town crier Bob Smytherman and deputy mayor Sean McDonald

Mark and Debbie Scott present the cheque to town crier Bob Smytherman and deputy mayor Sean McDonald

They light up their home in Windermere Crescent every year and collect money to support smaller charities.

The 2015 display, which was switched on by Worthing town crier Bob Smytherman and deputy mayor Sean McDonald on December 6, was dubbed ‘Worthing’s most Christmassy home’ by Sawyers Estate Agents on Facebook. It also appeared in a special Christmas lights slot on Meridian News.

Donations were collected up until last Monday and the cheque was presented at Oak Grove College on Saturday.

Debbie said: “Each year we make a fun and vibrant display to make our road more festive, lighting up our home because it’s nice to support smaller charities. This year we wanted to collect money for Against Breast Cancer.

“We had a collection box outside the garden and I decided to a JustGiving page to bump up the donations to this hard-working charity.”

Against Breast Cancer is working to prevent secondary breast cancer by funding unique research into three main areas.

These are the development of new treatments, improving on current blood tests to monitor cancers and predict metastases earlier, and assessing diet and lifestyle to provide doctors and patients with advice on factors that increase, decrease or do not affect the risk of secondary breast cancer.

Alison Wilson, national fundraiser for Against Breast Cancer, said: “We were very excited when we were approached by Debbie and Mark at the beginning of October and they told us about their Christmas lights, which they do every year for charity, and were delighted that they had chosen us out of the many breast cancer charities.

“We were amazed with the staggering amount of £1,005 that they raised with the help from their friends, neighbours and families.

“The funds that supporters like Debbie and Mark have raised has enabled the collection and storage of more than 23,000 blood and urine samples from thousands of UK breast cancer patients over the past 20 years.

“This Biobank provides a vital resource for scientists to interrogate and look for clues as to why some people develop secondary breast cancers and some do not.”

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