Cancer Research UK Launches Innovative New Way To Give
Cancer Research UK today launched a revolutionary new way for people to donate
to the charity. Called MyProjects, the new online service allows people to choose
a specific cancer research project that matches their particular reasons for
giving. The site also keeps them informed about the impact their support is
By donating via MyProjects, supporters can now give
money to research childhood leukaemia, breast, prostate, bowel or lung cancer
or fund cancer information nurses. People who use the service are able to see
exactly where their money will be spent, and can track how much has been raised
for a particular research project. The website includes videos of cancer patients
and scientists explaining more about the project and just how important they
are in helping to beat cancer.
Kevin Waudby, head of innovation at Cancer Research UK, said:
"MyProjects is a great initiative. We know many
of our supporters give to us because of a personal experience with cancer.
MyProjects means many people can now personalise their giving by choosing
a project that's relevant to them.
It also enables supporters to clearly see what their money is funding
and how their chosen project is progressing, which may be particularly welcome
at this time when people are more aware than ever of how they are spending
The current projects available are:
* Leukaemia research – Professor Vaskar Saha’s work offers
hope to children with an acute form of Leukaemia who cannot currently be treated
* Prostate cancer – One of Cancer Research UK’s goals for
2020 is to develop better treatments with fewer side effects. Professor Simon
Mackay’s drug discovery programme could bring us closer to achieving this
* Breast cancer – Professor David Stott’s team is currently
carrying out crucial lab studies to understand the natural immune response against
breast cancer. This will lay the foundations for developing new and effective
vaccines to treat and help prevent the disease in the future.
* Lung cancer – Dr Corinne Faivre-Finn is leading a major international
clinical trial aiming to improve the treatment of a form of lung cancer called
small cell lung cancer (SCLC).
* Bowel cancer – Professor Matt Seymour is leading a large clinical
trial, the results of which will help shape the future treatment of people with
advanced bowel cancer, helping to improve their outlook and quality of life.
* Cancer Information Nurses – Support the nurses who provide
vital information to thousands of people affected by cancer.
The MyProjects website is easy to use and will be
kept updated with the latest developments with each project. Users are able
to post a comment with their donation about why they are supporting their chosen
area. Supporters will also be able to set up a 'giving group' to enable their
friends and family to support their chosen project.