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Blue Peter gardener digs in to support Crocus Appeal

24 September 13

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins helping us grow £1million for Cancer Research in Bradford

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins and Morrisons plc will join Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal on 28 September to celebrate Positive Bradford Day and help raise £1million for local cancer research.

Visitors to Positive Bradford Day can visit the Crocus Cancer Appeal market stall in City Park throughout the day to get expert gardening advice from Chris, donate to the appeal and plant their own crocus to take home, courtesy of Morrisons.

At 2pm, Chris will lead the planting of over 1,000 crocus bulbs on the pavilion in City Park, creating the shape of a crocus flower, ready for the bulbs to flower in a hue of different purples in March next year.

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins is proud to back the appeal: "It is with great pleasure that I attend Positive Bradford Day in support of the Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal; the answer to many ails can often lie with plants and its fantastic that the University of Bradford has discovered that the humble Crocus has so much to offer in the fight against cancer . I look forward to lending my practical gardening skills to a worthy day on the 28th."

Dave Hewitt, Communities Manager at Morrisons said “We’re proud to be supporting the Crocus Cancer Appeal. As champion of our Let’s Grow initiative, Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins is only too happy to dig in and lend a hand to help raise awareness of this important cause.”

The Crocus Cancer Appeal will improve the number of opportunities for the discovery and development of new cancer medicines by raising £1million for researchers at the University’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics.

Davide Calogero, Head of Development at the University of Bradford said “We’re counting on the people of Bradford to get behind the Crocus Cancer Appeal and help us to reach our £1million target. The Institute of Cancer Therapeutics is one of very few academic research facilities in the UK with the resources to enable all the elements of the drug discovery process from conception to clinical evaluation. The work happening here at the University of Bradford could enable further breakthroughs in new cancer treatments which will benefit people not only in Bradford but potentially worldwide.”

For more information about the Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal and to download your fundraising pack visit

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