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Park user Aneta Whittle with her daughter Lenna, 2, admire the tulips.
People’s Park user Aneta Whittle with her daughter Lenna, 2, admire the tulips.

Banbury Town Council is supporting cancer research by planting pink tulips in People’s Park.

The council is working with Oxford-based charity UCARE (Urology Cancer Research and Education) to raise awareness of urological cancers.

The charity is celebrating its 10th anniversary by organising a sea of pink tulips throughout Oxfordshire and the town council is playing its part by highlighting the charity’s work.

Mike Hall, BTC’s recreation and amenities manager, said:

“This council is delighted to work with UCARE to promote this important research.

“Urological cancers – those of the kidney, prostate, bladder and testes – represent a fifth of all new cancers diagnosed each year.”

Mr Hall added:

“In addition to helping with important medical research, the tulips are a magnificent and colourful display. We planted 2000 bulbs.”

Valerie Berry, UCARE’s senior executive, said:

“The pink tulip is the symbol of this charity and when people purchase and plant our tulip bulbs, they are buying hope, time and brighter futures for people with cancers.”

Jane Henman, marketing and fundraising director for UCARE, said:

“We work in an area that has relatively low public awareness and are delighted that the UCARE tulip bulbs have been planted by Banbury Town Council to help publicise the work we do.”

Tulip bulbs are available to buy from the charity from September onwards and further information is available from www.ucare-oxford.org.uk

UCARE is committed to improving the treatment and care of patients by educating and informing the public about the signs and symptoms of the disease as early diagnosis is key to successful treatments.

Lord and Lady Saye and Sele of Broughton Castle are patrons of the charity.

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