Childhood cancer has been one of the success stories of modern medicine. The advances made over the past 30 years mean that eight out of 10 children diagnosed today will be cured.
The fight against childhood cancer is far from over, however. Every year around 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. With one in 700 young adults now a survivor of childhood cancer, many are left facing life with the side effects of their original treatment.
How you can help us make a difference
Despite all the progress made, the disease remains one of the main reasons why children from one to 15 years of age die prematurely.
Newcastle University is already home to the UK’s leading centre for research into childhood cancer and one of the major centres in Europe, the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.
In 2014, as part of a collaborative initiative between the University, the Great North Children’s Hospital and North of England Children’s Cancer Research, we launched the Future Fund. The aim of this fund was to raise £5.5 million to create a state-of-the-art new centre for research into childhood cancer.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we have exceeded our target and raised £5.6 million, which has enabled us to create the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre, a facility where we can speed up our development of new and less toxic therapies. The new facility will allow us to bring together existing teams from across our campus and will help us to attract more internationally recognised experts in their field.
With advanced laboratories and more space we can do even more research that changes the lives of children.
But our work will not stop there. While we have reached our target and been able to open this new facility, we plan to continue raising funds to fund the vital research that will take place in the new centre. We have set a short-term goal of £300,000, which will ensure the ongoing success of this Centre by establishing new posts and providing our researchers with consumables to turn their visionary plans into a reality.
Thank you for your support. Your donation will make an important difference to our work.