Lancaster University honours charity’s multi-million-pound commitment to cancer research

Tuesday, 25th July 2017 | General | 0 comments

A charity dedicated to funding life-saving cancer research in the North West region has become the first organisation to be inducted into Lancaster University’s Chancellor’s College of Benefactors. 

North West Cancer Research received the honour after providing support of more than £2.5 million over the last two decades to the University’s research teams. The charity is the biggest funder of cancer research at the University.

Its continued commitment has generated funding for basic, translational and clinical research, supporting clinicians, doctors, researchers and students. This includes research projects, equipment, studentships and its highly acclaimed five-year research fellowships.

North West Cancer Research funding has boosted the understanding of cancers such as leukaemia, prostate and skin cancer. Most recently, it has funded fundamental research which looks at the DNA of cancer cells and how they respond to damage.

Membership of the Chancellor’s College of Benefactors is the highest level of recognition bestowed upon the University’s donors and gives Lancaster the opportunity to acknowledge those organisations and individuals whose contributions have been truly transformational.

As a benefactor, North West Cancer Research will stand alongside other members of the Chancellor’s Guild, supporting the creation and development of innovative partnerships and global connections.

Lancaster University Chancellor, The Rt Hon Alan Milburn, said “Through the Chancellor’s College of Benefactors, the University is able to recognise the support of our most generous donors and celebrate the outcomes that have been achieved through their involvement.

“The support provided by North West Cancer Research over the years has funded a range of projects to help our researchers further understand the complexities of cancer, as well as enabling us to become a centre of excellence for cancer research.

“Thanks to the level of research currently under way, we have been able to attract some of the UK’s and Europe’s most talented researchers and scientists, and have been able to provide an opportunity for students to get a strong foothold in their research careers.

“On behalf of Lancaster University, I would like to thank North West Cancer Research for its continued support; we are privileged to work alongside the charity as we develop our understanding of cancer.”

North West Cancer Research Chairman, Nigel Lanceley, represented the charity during a formal Graduation ceremony in the University’s Great Hall in which North West Cancer Research was admitted into the Chancellor’s College of Benefactors.

Mr Lanceley said: “It is a great honour to be welcomed into the Chancellor’s College of Benefactors. We have worked closely with the team at Lancaster University for the past two decades, building our support to the point where we are now the biggest single funder of cancer research here.

“Lancaster University is at the forefront of cancer research, which is evidenced by the high quality of grant submissions we receive each year. As a charity, we look forward to continuing our relationship with the University, which will only be strengthened by our role of benefactor.”

North West Cancer Research is the biggest independent funder of cancer research in the North West and Wales. It has committed to funding more than £13 million worth of research over the next five years. 

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