Flying in the pink for Breast Cancer Research

A Cornish travel company will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with some unusual additions to their uniforms throughout the month of October.
The Skybus flight crew have swapped their normal epaulettes for special pink striped replacements, ground crew are wearing pink ribbon pins and engineers and fire crew are wearing pink Hi-Vis vests in a show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness but all with a very Cornish focus.

FlyPink is a worldwide campaign however Skybus have chosen to raise awareness and funds through the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity to be used for breast cancer research at the local research centre at The Royal Cornwall Hospital.

“As a team we wanted to show our support for this incredible cause and joining the FlyPink campaign has allowed us to raise awareness and funds within our industry that will be used locally” – Charlie Baker, Pilot.

Kirsty Maclean, Oncology Research Sister at Royal Cornwall Hospital, expresses her thanks to the Skybus Team and explains how the funds will be used within Cornwall for Breast Cancer Research,

“The RCHT Cancer Research Team as a whole is very grateful to the Skybus team for their thoughtfulness in choosing us as their Charity in 2017. The funds will be used to continue to maximise the comfort of Local Cancer Research Patients who visit our Centres which include the Sunrise and The Mermaid Centre.”

“It is maybe less well known that Cancer Research is taking place right here in Cornwall and that the work carried out by the team is making a meaningful contribution to research on a wider scale. We are very proud of the research that takes place at Royal Cornwall Hospital and are very thankful for any support that we receive to aid our work,” Ms Maclean added.

Julie Cunningham, Research Delivery Manager for the Clinical Research Network describes further the success of the team,

“The Cancer Research Team at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust are the most successful research team in the South West Peninsula for overall recruitment to cancer research trials. Additionally, the team have recruited more patients than any other Trust in the South West to Breast Cancer Research Trials for the last 4 years in a row. We are also extremely grateful to the Cancer patients of Cornwall for taking part in the studies they are offered at what can be a very challenging time of their lives.”

The Skybus Team will be paying for the privilege of wearing their pink epaulettes, pin badges and Hi Vis wear and will also be encouraging passengers to make a donation when travelling with them. There will also be an ‘all pink’ cake sale on Friday October 20th at the Airport Cafe on the Isles of Scilly.

Online donations can also be made at

Added on October 11, 2017, in News - RCHT Charity