During the pandemic cancer charities are facing a challenging time. Many staff are unable to work and much of the third sector’s regular income will have taken a hit due to cancellation of fundraising events and the negative impact on the economy. Researchers in Wales rely on charity donations in order to fund much of the work that is done across the nation. They are always extremely grateful for the efforts that volunteers and fundraisers go to in order to help them progress their research.
In response to the difficulties faced by charities, researchers are taking it upon themselves to fundraise for the organisations that make their work possible. Baton for Cancer is the brain child of Dr Alan Parker, who leads our targeted therapeutics research. Each month, different teams of researchers will take up the baton and engage in their own personal fundraising challenge.
Alan said, “As a cancer researcher group at Cardiff University we are extremely fortunate to be funded by several wonderful charities including Tenovus Cancer Care and Cancer Research Wales, who have been amazing in their support of our research. We recognise how difficult these times are for the charity sector and are therefore keen to do our bit and raise much needed funds for these fantastic charities.
"In May, we have our first fundraising event. My team and I will be passing the virtual baton and looking to run 1,000 miles in May. My personal target is an eye watering 200 miles... for someone who at the start of the year couldn't run for five minutes, and who even now hobbles everywhere... this is going to quite a challenge!”
As soon as Alan’s team pledged themselves to their challenge, many research groups came forward to do likewise. Their fundraising ambitions are listed below, along with the ways in which you can support them. You can follow the challenge on Twitter at @baton4cancer.
|Virus tinkerers||Run 1,000 miles in May||Fundraising for Tenovus Cancer Care and Cancer Research Wales||May|
|Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre||Weekly marathons, bounceathons and much more!||Fundraising for Marie Curie||May|
|The Cancer Research Group within the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University||30 days of yoga||Fundraising for Tenovus Cancer Care||15th May -14th June 2020|
|Reproductive Biology and Gynaecological Oncology at Swansea University||Cycling the equivalent of 100 times around Swansea Gower||Fundraising for Tenovus Cancer Care and Maggies Centres||June|
|Coast to Coast for Cancer: Staples laboratory at Bangor University||Walking the 870 mile-long Wales Coastal Path (from home)||Fundraising for North West Cancer Research Incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research||14th June - 14th July|
|Centre for Trials Research||Walking, running and cycling the 870 mile-long Wales Coastal Path (from home)||Fundraising for Cancer Research UK||July|
|Cardiff Telomere Lab||Visiting all the Cancer Research UK shops in the area and use their visits to raise awareness.||Fundraising for Cancer Research UK||August|