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Press Release

31 August 2023

Lighting up Westbury Manor Museum for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Westbury Manor Museum is set to be lit up in gold in September for the second year to mark ‘Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’.

Every year, approximately 1,900 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Of every 10 children diagnosed, around eight will survive, thanks to continuing improvements in the quality of care and treatment. 

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month takes place every September and helps draw attention to the importance of funding research into kinder treatments for childhood cancer and managing late effects in children who survive cancer. 

A gold ribbon is the internationally recognised symbol for childhood cancer, so Fareham Borough Council will be working with Hampshire Cultural Trust to light up Westbury Manor Museum in gold for a whole month starting at 8.30pm on 1 September.

Sophie’s Legacy is a local registered charity supported by the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Fred Birkett, and provides help for families admitted to hospital with their child. The charity was created in memory of Sophie, who was just 10 years old when she lost her battle with cancer in 2021.

Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: 

“I am delighted that this year once again we will be able to support this important initiative. As well as drawing attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are encouraging donations to Sophie’s Legacy.

“Childhood cancer is something no family should have to endure. Although over 80% of children with cancer are cured, further research is essential to improve treatments and manage long-term side effects.”

Find out more about Sophie’s Legacy here:  Further information about Childhood Cancer Awareness Week can be found here:


Notes to Editor:

Hampshire Cultural Trust was established in 2014 to promote Hampshire as a great cultural county. We manage and support attractions, museums, art galleries and arts centres across Hampshire, deliver county-wide outreach programmes that bring culture to local communities and care for 2.5 million objects relating to Hampshire’s rich and internationally important heritage. We also deliver a diverse range of social impact initiatives targeted at those who are most vulnerable or disadvantaged and who would not usually have access to arts and culture. Our mission is to provide great arts, heritage, museums and creative programming, working closely with local and national partners, placing communities, our collections and their stories at the heart of everything we do. To find out more, visit, follow us on Twitter @HantsCulture and Facebook @HampshireCulturalTrust

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