A Glossopdale actress will be attending Parliament next Monday to take part in a debate calling for more funding and awareness of pancreatic cancer.
Earlier this year, millions watched Julie Hesmondhalgh as Coronation Street’s Hayley Croppper deal with her diagnosis of the disease.
Since leaving the soap, she has continued to campaign to raise the profile of the cancer, which at just three per cent, has the lowest survival rate of all 21 common cancers.
The 44-year-old said: “What the storyline did for pancreatic cancer awareness is phenomenal, but much more attention and funding is required.
“Pancreatic cancer, which only receives one per cent of cancer research funding despite being the UK’s fifth deadliest cancer, desperately needs to be in the spotlight.
“The debate is not only important for raising the profile of pancreatic cancer in Parliament but the outcome will hopefully be the catalyst for change which is so desperately needed.”
For more information, visit pancreaticcanceraction.org or pancreaticcanceruk.org.