Chester took on a distinctly pink hue during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Fundraising went on across the city in support of charities which help fund research into breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Campaign’s Paint the Town Pink campaign was supported by Chester MP Christine Russell, who said: “Ever year over 45,500 women and 300 men in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Like many others, I know people who have lost friends and family members to breast cancer.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council also backed the campaign, with staff getting involved in a range of activities to boost funds.

Chester’s historic town hall was lit up in pink and the decorative bikes which have adorned the Fountains roundabout over the summer months were given a coat of pink paint and planted with pink blooms.

At the Dewa Roman Experience the Roman soldiers donned pink uniforms to help raise funds and publicise the campaign and pink cakes were sold in the refectory at Chester Cathedral.

A pink ribbon hunt was staged at the Grosvenor and the Military Museums and ladies choir, A Handbag of Harmonies, added a musical note by staging a fundraising concert.

Cheshire West and Chester Council chairman Cllr John Ebo, said: “I know that members of our staff thoroughly enjoyed getting into the ‘think pink’ spirit of the event, raising many hundreds of pounds for charity. I would like to thank all who took part, from the small events to the large.

“It was inspirational to bathe Chester Town Hall in pink light and for the bicycle sculptures on the Fountains Roundabout to be painted pink to mark the occasion – a lasting promotion for the charity.”

Angela Kelly, Breast Cancer Campaign’s community development manager, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with how successful Paint the Town Pink has been.

“We’ve received a huge amount of support from people wanting to get involved and fundraise for the charity and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken part. It’s because of the support we receive from fundraisers like you that we are able to get a step closer to beating breast cancer.”

Bank of America literally turned pink to raise more than £2,500 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

On Friday chefs and foodies inundated the Chester bank with pink cakes and treats, all of which were sold for charity.

Employees chose to show their solidarity for the charity by wearing pink clothing and donating at the door as they arrived for work. A pink raffle raised substantial amounts of cash throughout the week.

To complete the theme, pink food was on the menu at Bank of America’s cafe and throughout the day, special filters on the main lights gave the bank a warm pink glow. Even the front of the building was bathed in pink spotlights at dusk.

Greg Reed, Bank of America UK card services president, said: “We are delighted to have raised awareness and vital funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. This disease impacts men and women alike, and Breakthrough is leading the fight through its research, campaigning and education programmes.”

MBNA Europe, part of Bank of America, is the issuer of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Credit Card that has raised more than £1.4m for the charity to date.

The Spirit Health Club in Wrexham Road, Chester, hosted a charity aquarobics class and coffee morning to raise £367 for Breast Cancer Care.

Peter, the aquarobics instructor, was joined by 32 women who took part in the class and coffee morning organised by the club manager, Carolyn Judd.

Free scones were provided by the club for the coffee morning as a surprise treat for the ladies.

Jim Griffith, lifestyle consultant at the club, said: “It was excellent, everyone had a really good time.”

The Spirit Health Club is still collecting for Breast Cancer Care. Donations can be made at