YORK Hospital will join famous landmarks by turning its lights purple in honour of the thousands of individuals and families affected by pancreatic cancer each year.

The ‘Turn It Purple’ campaign highlights the fifth deadliest cancer in the UK by turning the UK purple during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Backing the campaign is Rachel Fowler, whose grandfather-in-law recently died of the illness and was nursed at York Hospital by the Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Clinical team.

Rachel, who is a bank healthcare assistant and student nurse at York Hospital, said: “Unfortunately, my husband’s grandfather wasn’t diagnosed in time but the care he received from the hospital and the community team, from the date of diagnosis, was outstanding and we will be eternally grateful.”

Cliffords Tower and the bar walls, from Lendal Bridge to the War Memorial, in Station Rise, will also be illuminated in purple until Friday.