In April 2014, Marsh & Company decided to support and work with the Leicestershire based charity, Hope Against Cancer.
Hope Against Cancer is Leicestershire and Rutland’s local cancer research charity. They were established in 2003 to bring cutting-edge research to their area and make clinical trials available to local people. Since 2003 they have raised £3 million and funded over 30 research projects tackling many different forms of cancer.
Their Vision – Their vision is working for a future where more local people survive cancer.
Their Mission – Their mission is to fund innovative research that leads to improved treatments and better outcomes for people and that achieves the greatest impact in the local and national fight against cancer.
What They Do
They work in partnership with local universities and hospitals to fund research to ensure that Leicestershire remains a hub of expertise in cancer research and treatment.
In 2012 they established and opened a dedicated clinical trials unit and Leicester Royal Infirmary to offer patients access to new medicines and therapies. They fund their very own HOPE Nurse there who adds to the care and support trials patients receive.
Why They Need Help
2 million people in the UK are living with or affected by cancer. This is set to rise to 4 million by 2030.
Every year, over 250,000 people in England are diagnosed with cancer and around 130,000 people die each year as a result of the disease.
Annual NHS costs for cancer services are £5 billion. The cost to society as a whole – in terms of social, caring and other support costs – is £18.3 billion.
Because of research more people are surviving cancer. Survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years. But their survival rates are still worse than those for other countries that are as wealthy as us.
Helping to Make a Difference Locally
Around 5,000 people in Leicestershire are diagnosed with cancer each year and the region currently has hot spots of cancer associated with cultural and socio-economic factors and healthcare inequalities.
There is over-whelming evidence to show that regions that are research-rich have better health outcomes within their communities.
Hope Against Cancer has been instrumental in the city of Leicester becoming a cancer research centre of excellence, one of only about 15 in the UK. They need to raise over £350,000 every year to fund vital research within the new centre of excellence. This will prioritise leading potential practice changes in early detection, prevention and treatment of cancers, research projects with a clear benefit for patients across the region.
The charity will continue to develop talent and help train the next generation of local cancer researchers through its funding of supporting postgraduates and cancer clinicians pursuing a career in cancer research – a critical area for which national funding is being cut and limited.
HOPE will also support the development of new treatments through continuing support of their clinical trials nurse.