Concert Marks End Of Record Breaking Year For North West Cancer Research

HUNDREDS of local people came together in song last weekend at North West Cancer Research’s Concert for a Cure carols fundraiser, donating more than £3,000 for cancer research in Liverpool. An audience of special guests, fundraisers and supporters shared the spirit of Christmas, with carols led by mezzo soprano singer and North West Cancer Research ambassador Danielle Thomas and the Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust. Concert for a Cure marks the end of a record breaking year of fundraising for North West Cancer Research, which welcomed £1.5million worth of charitable income thanks to events held by its network of fundraising committees, supporter activities and legacy giving. It was also a landmark year for research, as the charity committed its largest amount of funding ever to the tune of £13million over the next two years, for cancer research projects across the North West, including £8.1million at nearby University of Liverpool. Research supported by North West Cancer Research includes the use of proton beam therapies in head and neck cancers, the development of effective skin cancer drugs and plans for a clinical trial looking a bile duct cancer in partnership with researchers and clinicians across Merseyside. Nigel Lanceley, chair North West Cancer Research addressed guests at the service: “2016 has been a significant year for North West Cancer Research. We have surpassed fundraising targets and also continued to support unprecedented levels of cancer research projects in the region. “We have only been able to do this with the commitment and dedication of a special group of people including the members of our local fundraising committees, our volunteers and our fundraising heroes who have tackled mammoth challenges on our behalf. “Thanks to their efforts we are now able to continue to support world class cancer research which is being carried out right here on our doorstep. “Sadly, despite these efforts, cancer still remains the biggest killer here in Merseyside, which means that as the city’s number one funder of cancer research, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. “In 2017, we will continue to support the best cancer research, which will lead to a better understanding of how cancer develops, earlier diagnosis and new treatments and therapies.” Special guests in attendance included; Dame Lorna Muirhead, High Sheriff Jim Davies, Lord Mayor Roz Gladden, Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral Councillor Pat Hackett and his wife Elaine Hackett and Lord Mostyn. Researchers from University of Liverpool, Bangor University and Lancaster University gave special readings and highlighted how North West Cancer Research, is supporting projects across the North West and North Wales. Nigel Lanceley added: “On behalf of everyone at North West Cancer Research I would like thank all of our supporters, volunteers and committees who help us raise as much money as possible to support life-saving cancer research. “I would also like to give special thanks to Danielle and the Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust who made Concert for a Cure so memorable for our guests. “Cancer sadly affects every single one of us.  It is one of the biggest killers in the North West. The good news is that today, for the first time ever half of all people diagnosed with cancer in the UK will survive – which is why every penny we raise to support research, is so important.”