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Choose a cracker of a gift this Christmas, with Send and Give from Cancer Research UK

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by Cancer Research UK | News

15 August 2007

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Christmas may come just once a year, but if you are looking for gift ideas that will make an impact long after the decorations have come down, why not give one of Cancer Research UK’s alternative gifts, and help beat cancer at the same time.

Whether it is originality you are seeking, or something meaningful for your loved ones, look no further than, for a wide selection of alternative gift ideas. Whether you spend £15 or £100, you can be sure your gift will have an impact on Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

It could not be easier to buy your gift online, saving you from the manic Christmas shopping on the high-street, and leaving you more time to celebrate the festivities. With a range of 20 unique gifts available to suit any budget, you are sure to find something for even the fussiest of friends.

Gifts that your money could go towards this Christmas include*:

The perfect stocking filler for under £20…

  • ‘Welcome Back!’ booklets (donation of £15). Around 1,500 children in the UK develop cancer each year but, thanks to advances in treatment more than seven out of ten children with cancer are now successfully treated. These children need support as they adjust to life back at school and the ‘Welcome Back!’ booklet really helps teachers to give it.

Make a difference for less than £50…

  • ‘Dress a scientist’ by providing essential items, such as lab coats, safety goggles and rubber gloves (donation of £25). Your gift will help make sure that Cancer Research UK scientists across the UK have the basics they need to do their job.
  • A contribution to help fund clinical trials and drug development work. For example, Cancer Research UK is currently helping to fund a trial investigating a new way of treating prostate cancer (donation of £38).
  • Or, why not support ground-breaking research in your area. For a donation of £40 you can help fund research in the following regions across the UK: London, Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds, Southampton, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Northern Ireland and Cardiff.

And for over £100…

  • Every year, more than 4,400 women die from ovarian cancer in the UK. You could help fund one woman’s participation in an ovarian cancer screening trial (donation of £100).

Once you have decided on your gift, you can choose between sending a card by email or in the post, which will tell the recipient about how the gift you have bought them will help Cancer Research UK continue its life-saving work.

If you’ve already bought your gift but would still like to support Cancer Research UK this Christmas, Send and Give also provides an eCards service. Creating a Christmas eCard is quick and easy – and you can send a festive message right up to the day itself. Simply choose from the selection of fun, contemporary and traditional designs, then customise to add the personal touch. In return, you can make a real difference by giving a donation to Cancer Research UK.

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