A campaign to raise £5.5m for a pioneering childhood cancer centre in the North East is already winning the hearts of fundraisers.
The Future Fund aims to raise £5.5 million to create a state-of-the-art children’s cancer research centre at Newcastle University and despite launching to the public just two weeks ago, it is already attracting supporters.
Dr Katie Harland, Senior Development Manager at Newcastle University Development and Alumni Relations team, said she has been blown away by the feedback.
“It never fails to amaze me how generous the Great British public can be when they get behind a good cause,” she said.
“You just have to look at the remarkable Stephen Sutton story to see how willing people are to get involved with a campaign when they are inspired by what it aims to achieve.
“People were very quick to offer their support as soon as we made public our plans to create specialist facilities where new and less toxic children’s cancer treatments could be developed.
“It’s a tragic fact that every one of us is touched by cancer in some way and I think it’s the universal nature of the disease that makes people unite in the fight against it – especially when it is children we are trying to protect. Though it’s early days, we have already received lots of messages of encouragement and have been made aware of all kinds of exciting things our supporters are planning to help us hit our target.”
The Future Fund is a collaborative project between Newcastle University, North of England Children’s Cancer Research charity and the Great North Children’s Hospital. The goal is to raise enough money to establish the Newcastle University Centre for Childhood Cancer where researchers and clinicians will work together to advance and accelerate new treatments to reduce the chronic long-term side effects of current cancer therapies. It will also aim to improve survival rates for children whose cancer is diagnosed at an advanced stage and those whose cancer has come back after initial treatments.
Katie said: “It’s incredibly exciting to think that we are seizing the opportunity to use the knowledge and expertise concentrated in Newcastle to have an impact right across the world. Survival rates have increased to 80% and that is in large part because of the work carried out in Newcastle and now we are ready to move to the next level by exploring the next generation of treatments and therapies.
“The messages of support we have received via our JustGiving site, Facebook and Twitter are incredibly moving and many come from families who are closely connected to the cause because their own children have been touched by the work of researchers and clinicians in Newcastle. We look forward to working with anyone and everyone who offers their support to make this plan a reality.”
To discuss fundraising ideas call 0191 208 7250 or by email Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org