All smiles for char­ity

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

A CHAR­ITY set up by a Bushey Syn­a­gogue mem­ber whose wife died from pan­cre­atic can­cer at the age of 33 has re­ceived a po­ten­tial £100,000 boost from global fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany XL.

Nicki’s Smile, a fund of Pan­cre­atic Can­cer UK, will be the XL Group’s cho­sen char­ity from 2012-15. Nicki Blake died in late-2010 af­ter a two-year bat­tle against the dis­ease.

On launch­ing the char­ity last year, her hus­band Dan pointed out that “pan­cre­atic can­cer is the fifth big- gest killer in the UK and for a whole gen­er­a­tion the sur­vival rate has not im­proved”.

Wel­com­ing the com­mit­ment from XL, Mr Blake said the hope was for Nicki’s Smile to be “a cat­a­lyst for im­prov­ing life ex­pectancy by fund­ing re­search into un­der­stand­ing how symp­toms can be more ac­cu­rately iden­ti­fied, thereby aid­ing early di­ag­no­sis.

“If we can make a dif­fer­ence to even one per­son, then Nicki’s death would not have been in vain.”

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