For many of us the very word strikes fear into our heart. Cancer – a horrible disease in its many forms and a dreadful way to die.
There’s probably not a family in the land which has not been affected by it and it knows no boundaries – rich or poor, old or young.
But now there is hope on the horizon as many cancers – like prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women – are curable if tackled early enough.
Holding out that hope is the Cancer Research UK whose vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
In the 1970s only 24% of people diagnosed with cancer survived, but over the last 40 years the research funded by the charity has doubled the survival rate to 50% and their aim is to continue the rate of progress so 75% of those diagnosed 20 years from now will survive.
Cancer Research was nominated as charity of the month by accounts manager Heather Johnson who said: “After both parents being diagnosed with cancer within a two year period, Cancer Research is a charity very close to my heart.
“Their work to find new treatments and therapies is vital in the campaign to cure cancer and without much needed donations, this work wouldn’t be possible. Both my Mum and Dad would not be here today without this research, but I am very lucky and thankful to say they both won their battles and are now able to live their lives to the full, both more appreciative than ever.
“Thank you Cancer Research UK for everything you do and thank you for giving me extra time with my parents!”
Mark Smith, also from accounts handed over our £400 donation to Mr Geoff Hawley – chairman of the charity’s local branch.
He said: “My family as been touched by cancer like so many others with both of my dad’s parents dying from it.”
Accepting the donation Mr Hawley said: “I was 22 when my dad died of lung cancer and it was a shattering experience for me. When I moved home to this area I was asked if I would take over chairmanship of the local branch and I’m proud to say that over the years our dedicated fund raisers have raised more than £400,000 through kind donations such as yours.
“Without the generosity of firms like Gladstone Brookes we simply couldn’t do the work we do because there is absolutely no government funding for research, we have to raise it all ourselves.
“Gifts like this are tremendously important. Thank you so much for nominating us as your charity of the month.””