Record donation to boost cancer treatment

20 July 2012

A record donation to a cancer charity is set to boost research into the disease and help to save and prolong more lives.

Cancer Research UK has reported that it has received a gift of £10 million from one of its supporters, which is the largest one-off donation the charity has ever received.

It follows an additional gift of £10 million from the same donor for the University of Southampton and will go towards helping to find and fund new ways of preventing and curing cancer.

The pledge has been made to the charity's Create The Change campaign, which is helping to raise £100 million for the Francis Crick Institute, a facility that will be the largest biomedical research building in Europe and will have a strong focus on innovation and collaboration.

The additional gift to Southampton will help to build a cancer immunology centre that will have links to the Institute to speed up the translation of discoveries into benefits for patients.

Professor Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, said the two donations will make a big difference in ensuring the two facilities, which will open in 2015, are able to operate to their maximum potential.

"Harnessing the power of the immune system is one of the most promising areas of new cancer treatment, and this far-sighted initiative will really make a difference to both our scientific understanding and its practical application in the clinic," he added.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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