Thursday 7 January 2016

Have fun, fundraise and help fight cancer for 1in2 Day

Organise a 1in2 Day and help fight cancer
Organise a 1in2 Day and help fight cancer

With news that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, Nottingham Trent University will hold its annual 1in2 Day on Friday 26 February to raise funds for its John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

It is the fourth year the University has held the fundraising event and this year is calling on businesses, individuals and other organisations in the region to join in the fun and fundraising to help support the centre and increase awareness of its valuable work.

The East Midlands branch of the Institute of Directors and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce have already pledged their support for the day and are encouraging their members to take part.

Previous events have seen a vast and diverse range of fundraising activities take place  – from cake sales, raffles, and cycling the distance of Land's End to John O'Groats on exercise bikes, to staff wearing their pyjamas to work.  The range of fundraising events this year looks set to be just as endless.

Professor Robert Rees, director of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, said the funds raised from the 1in2 Day would make a real difference to the way the centre can tackle problems facing cancer sufferers and welcomed the event as a fantastic way to help raise funds.

He said: "The aim of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre is to save lives and speed recovery by improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Organising a 1in2 Day fundraising activity can make a massive difference to our work and enable us to fund experiments and research as well as help us to purchase the essential equipment we need."

The centre is hoping that this year's event will be bigger and better than ever and, whilst Friday 26 February has been designated the main day, in order to maximise fundraising opportunities, activities can be ongoing throughout the entire week.   

A team of 35 scientists at the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre seeks to develop effective new ways to diagnose and treat all cancers, but with a particular emphasis on breast and prostate cancers – the two most commonly occurring cancers for men and women in the UK today. 

The centre works closely with front-line clinical staff at hospitals across the local region, including Nottingham, Leicester and Derby Hospitals. And, as the centre is part of Nottingham Trent University, it receives support from staff in a number of departments, meaning that 100% of all donations received are used directly on lifesaving research - work that will have an impact locally, regionally and internationally.

Find out more information on the 1in2 Day and the work of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

In order for us to support your activities, please email Stephen Knott, Community Giving Officer, or call 0115 848 8807 for any advice.

Notes to editors:

Nottingham Trent University's John van Geest Cancer Research Centre is a unique purpose-built scientific facility at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton campus. Its aim is to save lives and speed recovery by improving the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is developing vaccines and immunotherapies to enhance the survival rates and quality of life for cancer sufferers.  Visit the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre website to find out more about its work, or to make a donation towards its vital scientific research.

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