Hundreds march in Portsmouth to make a stand against cancer

Hundreds turned out for the march in Portsmouth to stand up to cancer
Hundreds turned out for the march in Portsmouth to stand up to cancer
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HUNDREDS of people marched through Portsmouth in support of a cancer campaign.

Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up To Cancer march in the city was one of 15 which happened simultaneously around the UK.

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

The 45-minute walk started from Castle Field, in Southsea, where 500 people took part.

Among those was Phoebe Sellence, whose father Peter died of liver cancer earlier this year.

She was a standard bearer and led the marchers off, along with friend Eleanor Scott-Allen and her boyfriend Billy Woodhead.

Phoebe, who is studying psychology at the University of Portsmouth said: ‘It felt pretty incredible to be leading hundreds of people on a march through Southsea.

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

‘There was a really good spirit of everyone coming together for the same important cause. There were drummers and a choir so the atmosphere was amazing.’

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is why the march took place this month.

In support of breast cancer awareness, a number of iconic buildings will turn pink today.

HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Spinnaker Tower, in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Cathedral, in High Street, Old Portsmouth, and the New Theatre Royal, will all be lit up in pink to show their support to the campaign.

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD

jpns stand up to cancer march''500 people took part in Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer in Portsmouth/Southsea on Saturday night.''Lynn Daly'Regional Press Manager, South'Cancer Research UK' 'Tel: 07766 070705' 'Cancer Research UK'Angel Building'407 St John Street'London EC1V 4AD