‘Our vital research is thanks to you’
Universal Care in Beaconsfield is celebrating its 30th anniversary by supporting 30 local and national charities over 30 weeks from April 4 to October 28. Each charity will receive a cash donation and free use of Universal Care’s conference room to use as it wishes during its allocated week. Each week, this paper will showcase one of the 30 charities. The 19th charity being supported is Cancer Research UK which has the conference room on Thursday August 11.
CANCER Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.
In the 1970s, one in four people survived cancer.
Thanks to research that number has doubled today, and they are well on their way to increase that number three in four by 2034. However, there is still a lot of work to be done – and they have never been in a better position to do it. They are the only charity in the UK to fund research into more than 200 different types of cancer, including those that are harder to treat.
They also fund more than 250 cancer clinical trials across the UK each year.
This results in more than 33,000 patients joining our trials and paving the way to getting treatment options to the public sooner.
As well as clinical and laboratory research, Cancer Research UK are also working with Public Health England and the NHS to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer. Many of you will have heard troubling news that almost a quarter of new cases of cancer are diagnosed at A&E, when symptoms are often at their worst and survival rates are lower.
Cancer Research UK want people to start visiting doctors at the first signs of cancer, and they want GPs to have the training to diagnose cases earlier and offer screening.
The charity also campaigns for changes in lifestyle that can reduce the number of cases of cancer.
Statistics currently show four in 10 cancers can be prevented through a change in lifestyles – whether that is to stop smoking, start losing weight, or staying safe in the sun. Despite receiving no government funding and thanks to supporters like you, they are the second largest funder of research into cancer in the world. And, over 90 per cent of our income is from donations of £10 or less.
Thanks to local committees like the Beaconsfield Friends of Cancer Research UK, the charity is able to continue vital research for many years to come.
Your local committee began raising money in 1983.
The group reached its £750,000 milestone back in 2013 by consistently organising activities such as bridge drives, quizzes, coffee mornings and musical evenings. Chairman Adrienne Britton said: “We owe our success to the friendship and team work of our committee members whose hard work and motivation has resulted in some excellent events of the highest standard.
“I would also like to thank the generous nature of the people of Buckinghamshire who have been so supportive of the work we do. They are the main reason we have been successful in the making of this sum of money”
If you would like more information on joining this committee then please contact Katie Beck, the local fundraising manager for Buckinghamshire on 07918 608 499 or email katie.beck@ cancer.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you and would like to thank everyone at Universal Care for their generosity during their special year.