This charity is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England. It exists to help the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer by funding world-class research into its causes diagnosis and treatment mainly in the country’s prestigious regional universities and teaching hospitals, including Sheffield and Leeds Universities. We have a focus on cancers which are most prevalent in Yorkshire but our work not only benefits Yorkshire people – by sharing our findings we have improved the lives of people everywhere. The charity’s ambitious 10-year strategy launched in 2015, aims to invest £100m across Yorkshire by 2025, supporting a further 2,000 people in the region survive cancer each year.
In November Yorkshire Cancer Research held a “Life with Cancer 2017” event in Harrogate. More than 200 people affected by cancer met to share experiences and access a ‘toolkit’ of information on how to live well with cancer. This free event was the first of its kind organised by the charity. Cancer patients, their carers and family and friends received expert advice from healthcare professionals, researchers and people who deliver support services. Attendees also shared experiences, learning from others and taking part in practical sessions to help improve physical and mental wellbeing including Pilates and gentle exercise sessions.
We have a Barnsley Committee who works with the HQ of the charity to raise funds in the region. If anyone would like to help out with the charity in terms of supporting fundraising initiatives, such as bag packing, collections in supermarkets, coffee mornings, we would love to hear from you. We are also looking for further committee members.