A Malvern salon is to light up purple to raise awareness of a devastating cancer.

Andrew Slater Hairdressing will glow with purple light on November 16, which is World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

It is taking part in the annual Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer campaign, which sees landmarks, homes and businesses put a spotlight on the disease.

Malvern Gazette: The salon is backing the Purple Lights campaignThe salon is backing the Purple Lights campaign (Image: Andrew Slater Hairdressing)

A spokesperson for Andrew Slater Hairdressing said: “We are delighted to be raising awareness of this dreadful disease by taking part in the Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer campaign.

“We hope that by lighting up our salon in Malvern Link in purple, we will help put a spotlight on a disease that many people still know so very little about.”

Malvern Town Council has already announced that both the buzzards sculpture in Rosebank Gardens and the North Malvern Clock Tower will be lit purple as part of the campaign.

The two Malvern landmarks will be lit purple from Monday, November 13 until December 4.

Worcester Guildhall is also taking part this year. Pershore Abbey was among the landmarks lit purple in 2022.

Nearly 10,500 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year and less than seven percent of those diagnosed will survive beyond five years.

The disease currently receives three percent of UK cancer research funding, but is the country’s fifth biggest cancer killer.

The Purple Lights campaign is encouraging people to get involved, either by contacting a prominent local landmark or by lighting up their own home.

You can find more information at purplelightsuk.org

“Pancreatic cancer deserves more attention,” says Pancreatic Cancer UK on its website.

“It is often diagnosed late, but knowing the symptoms can lead to an earlier diagnosis and save lives.

“Raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer and put a spotlight on the disease by lighting up a landmark or your home purple on World Pancreatic Cancer Day on November 16.”