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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 01582 576100 or visit their website at www.ralphbatespcr.org.uk

Ovacome - Ovarian Cancer Charity

Ovacome is the national UK ovarian cancer charity focused on providing support to anyone affected by ovarian cancer. This includes people who have either been diagnosed with the disease or think that they might be at risk, as well as their friends and family and healthcare professionals. We are a strong community of many thousands of people, all working together with the aim of reducing isolation, sharing information, promoting knowledge and supporting anyone affected by ovarian cancer.

We provide a range of support services, including: a telephone support line, a 24 hour online forum, support groups, email support and an instant chat service, leaflets, resources and a newsletter, all packed with information that people with ovarian cancer need. We have also launched a new online support service in response to COVID-19. Our Staying Connected service includes informative videos, interviews, and interactive video sessions where you can speak to experts directly and ask them your questions. We are running regular group sessions where you can speak with others affected by ovarian cancer, all the while supported by our team.

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.

Ovacome campaigns to help the public and health professionals to recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and for high quality care and treatment to be available to all. Every donation to Ovacome helps ensure that no one has to face ovarian cancer alone.

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

Youth Cancer Trust

Youth Cancer Trust provides online support and free therapeutic 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. 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

Heartburn Cancer UK

Most people don’t know that persistent heartburn (for more than three weeks) is a common symptom of oesophageal cancer and of a pre-cancerous condition called Barrett’s Oesophagus.

Heartburn Cancer UK is a small charity working to raise public awareness of the link between persistent heartburn and oesophageal cancer. We aim to increase early diagnosis, improve prognosis and ultimately, save lives. We also provide support to those living with this disease and with Barrett’s oesophagus.

Around 8000 people die from oesophageal cancer every year in the UK. It is the seventh biggest cancer killer with an appalling prognosis of only 15% of those diagnosed surviving for 5 years, mainly due to late diagnosis. The most common symptom is persistent heartburn.

During 2021 we launched a really exciting new project which has the potential to make huge advances in the care of those with persistent heartburn, those taking anti reflux medication prescribed by their GP and in the early diagnosis of Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer.

Heartburn Cancer UK have provided a specialist mobile unit to facilitate the pilot of an innovative new test called The Cytosponge. The test is designed for use in a community setting such as a GP surgery or nurse-led clinic. It is much less invasive and quicker to perform than the current option and will save the NHS vital funds. Estimates suggest that, with appropriate use of this test, rates of oesophageal cancer could be reduced by up to 50%. We will be continuing this project during 2022 and are fundraising to establish a longer term mobile diagnostic service and to make the test available to as many as possible UK wide.

Heartburn affects 1 in 10 UK adults and it is estimated that around 500,000 people will have Barrett’s oesophagus, most of whom are unaware of it. 10% of these cases will progress to oesophageal cancer, but early diagnosis will save lives.

Don’t Ignore Persistent Heartburn – See Your Doctor.

Heartburn Cancer UK is a recognised and trusted authority in the field of oesophageal cancer and Barrett’s. With your kind donations HCUK can continue to raise awareness and change the future.

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

World Child Cancer

World Child Cancer was founded in 2007 and over 10 years later, we now support children with cancer, and their families, in 11 programmes in Africa, Asia and Central America.

Over 300,000 children worldwide develop cancer each year. If the disease is detected early enough, many of these children can be cured - 80% of children with cancer in the high income world survive. However, in low and middle income countries, survival rates can be as low as 10%, with many children dying without effective pain relief.

A reason for this inequality is that many children remain undiagnosed, or are diagnosed too late to be cured, due to a shortage of trained doctors and nurses in-country.

World Child Cancer is dedicated to addressing the disparity of cancer care for children across the world. We believe that every child, no matter where they are born should have equal access to the best possible treatment and care.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 3176 7892 or visit www.worldchildcancer.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 solely 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

The Caring Cancer Trust

We fund Original, Ethical and Innovative Research into Causes, Non-invasive treatment and Prevention of both Adult and Children’s Cancers.

Environmental pollution, loss of soil biodiversity through industrial farming, together with toxic chemicals and processed food in our homes actively encourage Cancer both in children and later in life.

Our Research into Cancer treatment and prevention does not use live animals or embryonic stem cells. We target Cancer - not Animals!

We provide financial support for indigent cancer sufferers and create unique Youth2Go! Healing Holidays of Creative Adventure for children recovering from cancer.

We are all unpaid volunteers and rely totally on donations and legacies for our worldwide work in Cancer Research, Support and Prevention.

Cancer Treatment and Cure is Good, but Cancer Prevention is Better!

Help us to STOP Cancer!

For further information on donating to this charity tel 0300 105 1655 or visit stopcancer.health

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.

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

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.