‘Our vi­tal re­search is thanks to you’

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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.

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