Start a new tradition and help save people like Eilidh

Give hope to people like Eilidh this Christmas

We have a long-held tradition of funding discovery research – giving hope to people with cancer.

And this Christmas, with this essential research at risk we need you to join us by giving £37 to starting new cancer cures.

For over 40 years our scientists have explored brand new concepts and advanced our understanding of cancer – taking the first step in the research journey that provides new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

In that time, cancer survival rates have doubled and, thanks to research like ours, we have discovered powerful new treatments. For example, your support helped scientists in London develop a new type of immunotherapy. This ‘living drug’ uses the patient’s own white blood cells to attack the cancer and is currently being tested in clinical trials.

But now the essential research that starts new cancer cures is at risk.

Funding for discovery research has declined by more than 25% in recent years,
with fewer funders focusing on the daring, innovative ideas – just as we need to
find and fund them most.

Despite years of ground-breaking and progressive research, cancer remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, with 1 in 2 of us receiving a diagnosis in our lifetime. For us, that's still 1 in 2 too many. Our work can't stop here.


Without continued funding for new ideas that could start cancer cures, there is
potential for a crisis in cancer research. Without research to find out something new
about cancer, there can be no advances in knowledge, no new ways to diagnose
the disease and no new treatments that save the lives of people with cancer.

For people like Eilidh, the tradition of funding the discovery research is vital.

A selfie photograph of Eilidh wearing a wig during her treatment and smiling at the camera

Going through what I did when I was so young was terrifying.

Eilidh was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at just 14 and underwent three years of gruelling treatment before also being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. For years, Christmas wasn’t quite the same. Instead of festive fun with friends, Christmas shopping and parties, she had to make do with tinsel in her hospital room.

“Cancer affects all of us ‘silently in the night’ and doesn’t discriminate. I’ve already had two types of cancer myself, and I know for sure I don’t want any of my loved ones to go through what I’ve been through.

This Christmas, start new cures

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without tradition. And this year, why not start a new one? Start funding new cancer cures and make saving lives your new tradition.

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