HUNDREDS of local people came together in song last weekend at North West Cancer Research’s Concert for a Cure fundraiser as the charity celebrates a multi-million funding commitment.
An audience of special guests, fundraisers and supporters shared the spirit of Christmas with carols led by BOST Musicals at the Lutyens Crypt at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral.
Concert for a Cure marks the end of a year-long funding drive for the charity which has made a £4million contribution to cancer research projects across the North West.
In Liverpool, this includes funding for research looking at developing a blood test to help diagnose pancreatic cancer and a project which looks at improving our understanding of neuroblastomas – a rare but aggressive childhood cancer.
The charity also announced funding totalling £1million to sustain cancer research at the North West Cancer Research Centre at the University of Liverpool until 2021.
Alastair Richards, CEO, North West Cancer Research, said: “2017 has been a significant year for the charity, as we have continued to support unprecedented levels of cancer research here in Liverpool and across the North West.
“We have only been able to do this with the commitment and dedication of a special group of people made up of our local committees and volunteers who have taken on fundraising events and challenges on our behalf.
“Thanks to their efforts we are now able to continue to support world class cancer research through 2018 and beyond.
“Cancer still remains the biggest killer here in Merseyside, which means that as the city’s number one funder of cancer research, we are committed to continuing to support the best research, which will lead to a better understanding of how cancer develops, earlier diagnosis and new treatments and therapies.”
Special guests in attendance at this year’s Concert for a Cure included; Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm MacMahon, Dame Lorna Muirhead and Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool Christine Banks.
Researchers from University of Liverpool and Lancaster University gave special readings and highlighted how North West Cancer Research, is supporting projects across the region.
Alastair Richards added: “On behalf of everyone at North West Cancer Research I would like to 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 BOST who made Concert for a Cure so memorable for our guests.”