Last updateMon, 09 Dec 2019 2pm


Heartburn Cancer UK

Is it just heartburn or cancer of the oesophagus?

Heartburn affects 1 in 10 of us and is dismissed as being a harmless problem. It is estimated that in the region of 500,000 people in the UK have the pre-cancerous condition, Barrett’s Oesophagus, and most are totally unaware of it. Around 10% (50,000) of those will progress to Oesophageal Cancer. Despite the best modern treatments survival from Oesophageal Cancer is appalling. 8000 people die per year in the UK – 22 a day.

Cancer of the Oesophagus is the Sixth greatest cancer killer in the UK and we have the worst rates in the world. This is mainly due to a diagnosis being made when the condition is too advanced to be treated, as the preceding symptoms are few and, on the whole, ignored.

Long Term Persistent Heartburn (lasting 3 or 4 weeks) is a significant symptom of Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma and Barrett’s Oesophagus. People self-medicate by buying antacids or PPIs (PPIs = Proton Pump Inhibitors – including Gaviscon / Rennies / Tums / omeprazole / Nexium). The sale of antacids exceeds the sale of aspirin in the UK.

Heartburn Cancer UK as a recognised and trusted authority in the field of Cancer of the Oesophagus and Barrett’s cannot make a difference without donations from individuals.


It must be remembered that most people with Barrett’s oesophagus will never develop cancer. The important thing is to be tested and diagnosed. The outcome is so much better if diagnosed early.


For further information on donating to this charity tel 01256 338 668 or visit www.heartburncanceruk.org

Cancer Prevention Research Trust

Since 1973 the Cancer Prevention Research Trust has been supporting pioneering research into the prevention of cancer and has developed a cancer education programme to educate the general public and help reduce their risks of developing cancer. The trust is an organisation dedicated soleley to cancer prevention research.

The Cancer Prevention Research Trust’s dream is to create a better world without this deadly disease and to promote a healthier lifestyle for all. Being a medical research charity, we rely solely on your donations, memoriam gifts and legacies. Even the smallest contribution can make a difference.

Through your kindness and generosity, we are able to continue our work. You make it possible to fund research at universities and teaching hospitals throughout the UK, so together we can prevent cancer for future generations.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 8785 7786 or visit www.cancerpreventionresearch.co.uk

Prostate Cancer Research Centre

The Prostate Cancer Research Centre carries out research into the causes of and treatment for the UK’s most frequently diagnosed male cancer.

The Centre is based at the University College London and is under the leadership of Professor John Masters. It now employs a team of scientists and support staff who need over £1.5 million every year to fund its highly respected research programme. This site sets out what we do, how prostate cancer patients and their families benefit from our work and how you can help to support it.

The Centre's mission is to raise funds to undertake research that will improve the survival and quality of life of men with prostate cancer.

Our current research programmes focus on three key areas:

• Understanding prostate cancer development and progression
• Managing prostate cancer – identifying the men who will benefit from treatment
• Treating prostate cancer – to bring results from the laboratory bench to the bedside

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 7848 7546 or visit our website at www.prostate-cancer-research.org.uk or click here to watch a video on the work we do.

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Pancreatic cancer is tough. Tough to diagnose, tough to treat, tough to research.

For too long this disease has been sidelined. We want to make sure that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need.

We provide expert, personalised support and information via our Support Line and through our range of publications. We fund innovative research to find the breakthroughs that will change how we understand, diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer. We campaign for change; for better care, treatment and research, and for pancreatic cancer to have the recognition it needs.

Pancreatic Cancer UK relies on the generosity of people like you to fund our vital work. We couldn't do it without you. Donate now and help us to develop our Support and Information services so that we can be there for even more people affected by pancreatic cancer, as well as fund innovative research into early diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Together we can take on pancreatic cancer. We won’t stop until we transform the future for patients.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 3535 7090 or visit their website at www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is a registered charity, number 1007819. The Charity was set up in 1992 by Virginia Bates, Ralph’s widow. Ralph died from pancreatic cancer aged 50 in 1991 only a few months after being diagnosed. He starred in the TV series “Dear John” and “Poldark” and in many Hammer horror movies.

Pancreatic cancer is a most debilitating and aggressive illness. It does not differentiate between sexes and can strike at any time. Research into ways to combat the cancer is essential as there has been no meaningful improvement in survival rates over the last 30 years.

Research funded by our Fund has identified a combination of drugs which has prolonged the life expectancy of sufferers but there is still a long way to go to complete the research. We rely on donations and legacies to keep this research going. Our Trustees do not receive remuneration of any kind and do not claim expenses. Approximately 95% of all incoming resources is spent on our charitable aims.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 02380 515 950 or visit their website at www.ralphbatespcr.org.uk

Youth Cancer Trust

Youth Cancer Trust provides support and free activity holidays for young people (aged 14 to 30) diagnosed and living with cancer or any malignant disease, from anywhere in the UK and the Irish Republic, or who are patients of any UK hospital.

Holidays are also available for young people who have been in remission for up to five years or who are living with the late effects of having had cancer as a teenager or young adult.

Put simply, we provide a safe place where young cancer patients can be together to enjoy a fun time away from hospital, doing what young people normally do without a cancer diagnosis. The holidays take place all year round and run each week from the Monday through to the Friday.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01202 763 591 or visit their website at www.youthcancertrust.org

Ovacome - Ovarian Cancer Charity

Ovacome has been supporting women affected by ovarian cancer and their families since 1996. We exist to support women and their families through providing dedicated help and information, expert guidance, personalised clinical and research information, emotional support and resources to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer or worried they might be at risk; and their family and friends. We provide a range of support services; a free telephone support line, a 24 hour online forum, email support, instant chat service and face to face support groups.

Our free support services are vital for this often overlooked and misdiagnosed disease. As one woman wrote ‘Ovacome offers a life raft when everything seems overwhelming’. Your donation will help ensure our work continues.

We fund a research fellow at Birmingham University who is working to develop new therapies and understand and improve the outcome of women with advanced ovarian cancer. They are identifying genes that protect ovarian cancers from chemotherapy using state-of-the-art cancer research technologies.

Ovarian cancer is the most common cause of gynaecological cancer death, with over 4,000 women losing their life to this disease a year. Each year there are around 7,400 new cases.

Screening tests for ovarian cancer do not yet exist and it has a very low survival rate as most women are diagnosed at a late stage once the cancer has spread; unfortunately ovarian cancer is frequently misdiagnosed. To create a long term solution we set up our Survivors Teaching Students programme working with volunteer ovarian cancer survivors who train student doctors, nurses and clinical specialists, on the signs, symptoms and experiences of women with ovarian cancer.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 7299 6654 or visit their website at www.ovacome.org.uk

The National Brain Appeal

The National Brain Appeal is the only charity dedicated to raising funds for The National Hospital and the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN).

Queen Square is regarded as the ‘cradle of British neurology’. It is one of the world’s leading neuroscience centres providing translational research, diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with neurological and neuromuscular conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS), dementia, brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, brain injury and many more.

One in six people in the UK are affected by a neurological condition. That’s more than the number of people living with cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes combined. In spite of this there has been a continuing lack of national prioritisation to deliver better outcomes for those affected.

Our aim is to improve the outcome and quality of life for everyone with a neurological disorder by funding pioneering research, providing access to the latest technology for expert diagnosis and training tomorrow’s leading clinicians.

Your help can make this possible.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 3448 4724 or visit www.nationalbrainappeal.org.

Brain Research UK

The brain is the most complex organ in our body. It weighs just 3lb, yet it controls our emotions, senses and actions. Every single one of them. It is how we process the world around us. So when it breaks down, we break down.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

There are hundreds of neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Brain Tumours, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease and Epilepsy.

We fund the best research to discover the causes, develop new treatments and improve the lives of those affected.

Help loved ones live better, longer.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 7404 9982 or visit www.brainresearchuk.org.uk

Registered Charity no. 1137560. A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England no. 7345516.