Crick to support Cancer Research UK’s ambitious philanthropy campaign

To mark the launch, Cancer Research UK has joined forces with a coalition of the world’s most renowned voices in the research community, including Crick leaders, to pen a ‘letter to the world’, calling on high-value donors and philanthropists to help tackle the disease. 

Read the letter here

Cancer Research UK has today launched More Research, Less Cancer, a campaign calling on high value donors and philanthropists to help tackle the disease.

The goal is to raise £400m and pledge 120 legacies, making it the largest ever philanthropic campaign by a UK charity.

The money raised by the campaign will focus on work at the Francis Crick Institute, support Cancer Grand Challenges, enable more innovation that translates into effective therapies for patients, and support scientists at every stage of their careers, including at the Crick.

Paul Nurse, CEO of the Crick, said: “At the Crick, we have the ambition, the scientists and the multidisciplinary, collaborative culture to make the step-changes in biomedical discovery that humanity needs.”

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: “We stand on the brink of discoveries that will transform how we understand and treat cancer. These discoveries, that the research and scientific community are on the cusp of, have the potential to save and improve countless lives. But investment is needed.”

A funding gap

Cancer Research UK’s recent report Longer, Better Lives: A Manifesto for Cancer Research and Care, said that urgent action was required to address a more than £1 billion funding gap for research into cancer over the next decade. The report said that excluding research funded by industry, charities fund 62% of cancer research, compared to government’s 38%.

Through the More Research, Less Cancer campaign, Cancer Research UK is looking to partner with philanthropists to support transformational research. 
The campaign has already seen significant investment from philanthropic donations, including generous support from The Chris Banton Foundation, the Kamini and Vindi Banga Family Trust and founder of Segantii Capital Management and owner of Blackpool Football Club Simon Sadler and his wife Gillian.  


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