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University of Chester Celebrate World Cancer Day

Mold Committee Chair and talented artist, Sharon Wagstaff, has continued her support for North West Cancer Research through the latest lockdown with an art sale fundraiser.

Earlier this year, the Centre for Contextual Behavioural Science at University of Chester hosted a virtual research webinar in partnership with North West Cancer Research.

The virtual event, which was held in early February to mark World Cancer Day 2021, was open to researchers, academics and the public and featured an insight into the three different research projects currently underway at the university.

Professor Eunice Simmons, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester welcomed guests to the informative session before Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, gave an update on work at the Charity as well as the partnership between the organisation and University of Chester. 

Professor Nick Hulbert-Williams spoke about his team’s research project exploring the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the psychological wellbeing of cancer patients and their family members, followed by Dr Brooke Swash, who presented findings from the BEACHeS Study - a research project in which Nick, Brooke, and their team developed a new supportive care programme for people with advanced cancer.

Last on the roster was Dr Monica Leslie, who was joined by Nick Hulbert-Williams again to give an update on the North West Cancer Research funded trial of the Finding My Way online intervention, a project which aims to improve the wellbeing and quality of life for cancer survivors.

The team has adapted an Australian programme for use in a UK context and will shortly be rolling it out to 300 people in the North West and North Wales to measure how useful it is for improving quality of life and emotional wellbeing.

Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Nick Hulbert-Williams said of the event: “So many people contribute to our research – whether that’s directly as participants, as research partners in the development of our projects, or because they fundraise for North West Cancer Research. Their activities make our research possible and so it’s important that all those people know about the progress being made. These kinds of public events are a really important part of that process.

“Although it was a shame to miss the personal contact of an in-person event, it was still very motivating to hear such good feedback and to know that all the hard work is worthwhile.”