As promised last week I am going to tell you about the charity Hope Against Cancer. I came across Hope when Val was undergoing chemotherapy after her breast cancer. Hope is a Leicestershire based charity, supported by the national charity Cancer Research.
The Hope Foundation was launched in 2002 to raise funds for research into the causes and treatment of cancer in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was founded by the late Allison Wilson CBE who discovered, after she was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, that the development of cancer care in Leicestershire and Rutland was hampered by lack of funding. Allison became aware during her own treatment that patients treated locally did not enjoy the proven advantages of being able to take part in clinical trials which were a feature of treatment in areas where there is strong financial support from cancer research charities. Allison’s vision, then, was to provide Leicestershire and Rutland with their own dedicated charity which would raise money in the two counties, for use in the two counties.
She therefore lent her support to the foundation of a new charity for Leicestershire and Rutland in the knowledge that this would lead to improved cancer care. She wanted to share her vision of the establishment of this area as a renowned cancer research centre with the reputation to attract the most able staff and provide the best available training for doctors and nurses in the field of cancer care.
One enormous benefit for us in this part of the world has been that by attracting the best minds to University Hospitals of Leicester, Hope has also managed to bring in vast improvements to clinical care of cancer patients.
Through the enormous generosity of the people of Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond, Hope Against cancer has to date raised over £3 million which has funded 31 research projects into many cancers including bladder, ovarian, prostate, melanoma, liver, bowel, leukaemia, colorectal and breast cancer together with nursing fellowships relating to patient care.
In May 2012 the Hope Against Cancer Clinical Trials Unit was opened at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, one of the first units outside of London. By supporting cancer research today we aim to develop effective treatments for the future.
Hope have organised many events over the past few years, not only to raise funds for cancer research but to raise awareness of cancer that touches the lives of one in three of us at sometime or the other. In Shepshed we had a very successful fundraising Gala dinner at Livio’s Italian Restaurant when we raised over £3,500.
The challenge – see previous posts – that I am involved in requires me to raise a minimum of £1000, but I am hoping to raise much more than that. In the process I hope to not only shed some weight but to get much fitter. My cycling and training is almost back on track after the recent bug. I have even managed to lose 4 pounds so far. I really have to up the ante as I have plenty more to lose before more serious training starts in March.
I am so grateful to all the support I have had from everyone I know. I am planning an event at Livio’s in the very near future which hopefully will be well attended. I am hoping to attract a very well known local personality, but as nothing has been arranged yet, more of it next week.
I will sign off once again with a link to my fund raising page.