26
September
2016
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09:11
Europe/Amsterdam

BT fund raisers visit Cardiff Cancer Research Centre

Summary
BT has partnered with Cancer Research UK to become the lead sponsor of Stand up to Cancer.

BT has partnered with Cancer Research UK to become the lead sponsor of Stand up to Cancer.

Up and down the country BT staff will be doing their bit to help raise money for Cancer Research UK - ranging from bucket collections to baking and from pub quizzes to running half marathons.

This money will in turn be used by Cancer Research UK to help fund ‘translational research’ – work which turns lab research into treatments for cancer patients.

Among the cancer units that will benefit from money raised will be the Cancer Research UK Centre in Cardiff.

Based at Cardiff University, the Centre is a partnership between Cardiff and Vale Health Board, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cancer Research UK and the University and specialise in personalised medicine, breast cancer, blood cancers, bowel cancer, clinical trials, prostate & bladder cancers and cancer immunotherapy

Earlier this month, a number of BT staff from South Wales visited the Centre to find out for themselves how money raised as part of Stand up to Cancer will be used to help fight the battle against cancer.

Among those who attended the lab visit was BT apprentice development coach, Gemma Cheeke-Jones, who is based in Merthyr Tydfil. Gemma said: “There’s a very good chance that we’ve all been touched by cancer in one way or another so it was a fantastic experience to better understand how money raised by colleagues as part of Stand up to Cancer will be used.

“More than 18,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wales every year and, sadly, approximately half will not beat the disease.

“They do incredible work at the Centre in Cardiff and I think we’ve all been impressed by what we’ve seen and learned during our visit which will inspire us all to raise as much money as possible for such a great cause.”

If you’d like to know more about how you can help stand up to cancer you can visit https://www.standuptocancer.org.uk/