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WarOnCancer connecting through personal stories
Actor and model Fabian Bolin, attracted a huge following when he began to share the story of his diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (AML) via social media.

The volume of letters Fabian received from people who had experienced cancer themselves was overwhelming. He quickly realised they had no common outlet to share their own stories and support others so teaming up with his best friend Sebastian Hermelin, the pair set up as a free global storytelling platform for anyone has a cancer diagnosis. It’s an amazing place for people from around the world to share their experience of all different types of cancer.

#WarOnCancer have teamed up with Worldwide Cancer Research to create a mutually beneficial partnership partners to help build awareness of both organisations to a worldwide audience.

“Worldwide Cancer Research, like us, understands that cancer has no boundaries and as such it is not predetermined where cures will be found, or how. We believe in the approach the charity has towards research funding – undertaking a rigorous selection process to identify those projects of the highest calibre without discrimination. We are pleased to collaborate in such a way that we grow our networks and increase our impact in partnership.” Sebastian Hermelin, Co-Founder

#WarOnCancer is also supporting Worldwide Cancer Research via jewellery sales at with 25% of proceeds being donated to Worldwide Cancer Research.

The Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland – supporting through powerful networks
The Royal Bank of Scotland has been supporting Worldwide Cancer Research through its Payroll Giving programme for a number of years and has so far raised over £150,000 to help fund vital cancer research, including Matched Giving.

In January 2016 Worldwide Cancer Research became The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Charity Partner at the bank’s annual Tourism and Leisure Conference held at their Gogarburn headquarters, helping to raise the profile of the charity to over 500 businesses and organisations.


Expedia takes to the streets on its Global Day of Caring
Expedia chose to partner with Worldwide Cancer Research in Scotland for their 5th annual Global Day of Caring volunteering initiative. Staff at Expedia are highly involved in their communities, supporting charitable organisations that are doing good around the world. The company’s strong commitment to giving back is a direct reflection of the priorities and interests of its employees.

So our corporate team worked closely with Expedia’s team to create the #lovearoundtheworld theme and a team of 10 Expedia employees took to the streets of Edinburgh kitted out with heart-shaped balloons and collection buckets to spread the love and raise as much money as possible. Worldwide Cancer Research’s social media team supported on the day with tweets and hashtags and all funds raised were matched by Expedia.

Krishan Kadodwala, Area Manager – UK and Ireland said:

“As a Chemistry graduate, I understand the important role research plays in the fight against cancer, especially as my own father lost his fight when I was 11 years of age and it’s something that affects people all over the world. Being a global travel agency it’s important that we support causes that impact and resonate with our staff and customers all over the world and Worldwide Cancer Research fits the bill. We are proud to support the pioneering work they do by raising funds and helping to raise their profile in the UK.”

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Siemens Big Summer Cycle 2016


Siemens Big Summer Cycle 2016 15 days. 15 sites. 1500 miles.

2nd September 2016 marked the start of the Siemens Big Summer Cycle 2016. The team of over 60 cyclists began their epic journey to raise money for Worldwide Cancer Research, Alzheimers Disease International and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, by cycling 1500 miles across Europe, stopping at 15 locations in 15 days.

During their first week, the team cycled through countries where our scientists are working to get the answers to cancer. Here are some of the exciting projects we’re funding that the team passed on their trip.


Dr Colin Adrain and his team at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) are based just west of the Big Summer Cycle start point in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr Adrain is helping to understand how cancer develops by improving our understanding of a group of proteins called iRhoms, which have been linked to several different types of cancer. The research team are looking at how iRhom proteins might play a part in cancer cell growth and death.


Over the border in Spain, Dr Juan Carlos Morales and his team at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) in Madrid are trying to develop new and improved treatments for bowel cancer. Preliminary studies of the drugs MAR-308 and MAR-320 have shown effectiveness against breast and bowel cancer tumors grown in the lab, whilst also showing lower levels of toxicity towards healthy cells. Dr Morales and his team are looking to translate these findings into a potential cancer treatment by studying how the drugs work inside cells, in order to redesign the drugs for use in patients. The Siemens team will pass right by Dr Morales lab.


At the end of the first seven tough days of cycling, the team will race from Fontainebleau to Paris, France, where we have recently awarded a one-year research grant for Dr Valentina Boeva. She works at the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) where she is developing a new computer tool helping scientists to identify DNA ‘signposts’ in cancer cells. The Siemens Big Summer Cycle raised over £80,000 for charity.

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Domestic & General

Domestic & General put on Champions gloves in the fight against cancer

In 2016 Domestic & General chose Worldwide Cancer Research as its Group Charity of the Year putting its amazing charity champions to work to help raise money both here in the UK and across their international offices. A packed year-round calendar of fundraising events has been designed to engage employees from the UK to Australia and get behind fundraising for pioneering research happening right now all over the world.

Dean Keeling, UK Managing Director, commented:

“Having asked over 3,500 colleagues across our UK and International sites to vote for our Group Charity of the Year, we are thrilled to be supporting Worldwide Cancer Research.

“The charity stands for world class practice, global perspective, and going the extra mile to support those in need – an approach that aligns with our mission to take the worry out of breakdowns for our customers.

“Our partnership with Worldwide Cancer Research demonstrates our shared values – particularly being caring, expert and dependable. We want to celebrate those with a passion for making a difference in the communities we work in, and we look forward to seeing our colleagues support a fantastic cause with a spirit of ownership and adventure.”