Go Purple for CLAN

The north-east is being urged to join a colourful celebration of one of the region’s best supported and successful charities this month – with a famous Aberdeen landmark one of the first to be transformed as part of the campaign.

CLAN Cancer Support celebrates its 30th anniversary on September 25 and to mark the occasion is in the midst of a month of fundraising and awareness generating events.

Go Purple for CLAN is an integral part of the programme as individuals, groups and organisations are encouraged to adopt the charity’s colour for a day, a week or even a whole month.

Aberdeen City Council has lent its support by illuminating its Marischal College headquarters with a violet glow, providing a stunning centrepiece for the activity around the campaign.

Lord Provost George Adam said: “There can be few people in Aberdeen who have not been touched by the wonderful work done by CLAN over the past three decades and we’re delighted to be able to show our appreciation in this way. The Marischal College display has now been switched on and is drawing a lot of attention – which in turn we hope will raise awareness of CLAN and of the 30th anniversary.”

Susan Crighton, CLAN’s fundraising manager, said: “We want people to pick any date in September and show their support – the fact Aberdeen City Council has made this wonderful gesture for the duration of the month is fantastic. Marischal College looks wonderful in our colours and we cannot thank the council enough for agreeing to Go Purple for CLAN.

“We have contacted schools, businesses and organisations inviting them to be part of this special initiative and we’ve already had a great response, with people signing up to transform their office and classroom. Others are planning to bake purple cakes, host purple parties or simply and wear a purple outfit for the day; there’s a real variety.

“We’re also on the look-out for purple stock for our range of charity shops so that we can dress the windows in an effort to generate even more interest in the campaign.

“Some of the events will encourage donations or raise funds in other ways, but the primary aim is to celebrate our milestone and get as many people involved as we can, all helping to raise awareness of the free support services we offer to anyone affected by cancer.

“We’ll be joining in at CLAN House and our centres and shops throughout the area and we’re hoping it will create a real buzz and sense of togetherness.”

Anyone planning to support Go Purple for CLAN is being encouraged to share their idea with the charity, with special fundraising packs available to support those taking part. Packs are available from Steph Dowling by calling 01224 651026 or by email at

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please call (01224) 647 000 or visit

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