Sep 042015

All things purple will be the name of the game this month as a leading north-east cancer charity urges people to adopt the colour in its support. With thanks to Phil Moar, Account Manager, Citrus Mix.

CLAN pic2Singer songwriter Prince may have made it famous but purple is also at the heart of CLAN Cancer Support and it is encouraging individuals, businesses, schools and groups to get involved with its annual fund and awareness raising event.
Go Purple for CLAN is held throughout September every year and sees people throughout north and north-east Scotland adopt the colour for a day.

From lighting up a building, wearing purple and planning a purple party to dyeing your hair, selling purple cakes and creating a purple window or reception display in your business or shop, there is no shortage of innovative ways in which people can get involved.

The month-long event was first held in 2013 as part of the charity’s 30th anniversary celebrations, with schools across the region, as well as Marischal College turning purple in support.

Due to its popularity, the colourful day has become a main stay in the charity’s event calendar and Susan Crighton, CLAN’s fundraising manager, is encouraging people to take part.

She said:

“We’re looking for people to pick a date in September and show their support to CLAN. This could be in any shape from having a wear it purple day to holding a special purple only bake sale – the opportunities are endless.

“We’re looking for individuals, businesses, groups and schools to get involved and we’ve already had a number of places sign up to take part. Of course, there is a fundraising element to the month-long event but it is a really important awareness raiser for us as we want as many people as possible, throughout the areas we have a presence within, to be aware of CLAN and the services it can offer.

“Our own wellbeing centres, including CLAN House in Aberdeen, as well as our range of shops will also be taking part, with a range of purple items and clothing being stocked which could be a help to those looking to take part in their own business or school.

“This is one of our most fun organised events and gives people the chance to make a difference to the lives of those affected by cancer in the north and north-east of Scotland.”

Go Purple for CLAN packs and more information can be requested by emailing the charity’s fundraising team on

A dedicated Go Purple for CLAN donation page can be found here:

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 north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

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

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