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COVID-19: Why we’re making cuts to our research funding

by Aine McCarthy | Analysis

16 April 2020

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We’re living in unprecedented times. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives, our social interactions, our work and our health.

And it’s having a huge impact on businesses and charities, including Cancer Research UK and the people affected with cancer we support.

A few weeks ago, we announced a likely drop of 20-25% in our fundraising income over the coming financial year.

And because of this decline in income, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to cut our research spend.

We’re aware this decision will raise a lot of questions for our supporters, those affected by cancer and our research community, the most common of which we’ve answered in this blog post.

Why is Cancer Research UK cutting research funding?

The COVID-19 global pandemic is causing huge financial strain on charities across the world. And Cancer Research UK is no exception – we’re projecting a 20-25% drop in income this financial year. As this means there’ll be less money available to fund research, we’re having to cut our research spend.

As a research charity which funds almost half of the UK’s cancer research, it’s not a decision we made lightly.

We’re working to mitigate the effects of these cuts as much as possible. But we know that by taking action now, we can protect that charity and ensure that our vital life-saving cancer research will continue long after this pandemic.

What research funding has Cancer Research UK cut?

We’ve made cuts to:

  • Our centres and wider infrastructure – funding cut by up to 20%
  • Our institutes – funding cut by 5-10%
  • Our general funding – funding cut by 5-10%

Altogether, this works out at approximately a £44 million cut to research funding.

We’ve also postponed our funding committees (the scientists and doctors who help us decide what research should be funded) until later this year. This means that no new research projects will be funded for at least the first 6 months of this financial year.

While we acknowledge these cuts are hard, we’re trying to be as flexible as possible with them. We’re letting our centres and institutes decide the best way to spend their reduced pool of money and protect what’s most important for them to deliver their research. And we’re offering all scientists who have a Cancer Research UK grant the same flexibility.

All of these measures have been met with understanding and support from the research community.

We’re also protecting funding for both clinical and non-clinical studentships as best we can, to avoid losing an entire generation of cancer researchers. Taking this approach means that we can continue our mission to beat cancer for decades to come.

What impact will these cuts have on progress in beating cancer?

There’s no two ways about it – the cuts we’re making to our research funding are substantial and will certainly have a negative impact on cancer research in the UK and around the world. However, the extent of this impact will be difficult to quantify both now and in the future.

We’re working hard to minimise the negative impact these cuts may have on progress in beating cancer. Because despite all that’s going on, we’re still committed to beating cancer through our world leading research.

Why are we cutting funding instead of dipping into our reserves?

Like any organisation, we have reserves, which allow us to manage financial risk and short-term instability or loss in income.

Our reserve policy requires us to have enough investments and managed cash to cover a minimum of 3 months’ work. It’s there to be used as a temporary, short-term measure to allow us to keep the organisation running. But it’s not sustainable to keep the organisation running solely on our reserves, as it’s a finite pool of money that cannot get to ‘zero’.

As we have no idea how long this global pandemic will last for, we had to look at a more sustainable way to reduce our spending.

We are going to dip into our reserves to keep the organisation going in the short-term, but we’ve also had to make the difficult decision to cut some of our funding, to make sure we don’t fully deplete our reserves, and to ensure is we’re still standing when this global pandemic over.

What are the Government doing to support Cancer Research UK and its work during this time?

The £750 million package announced by the Government on 9th April was a significant first step in supporting the charity sector more broadly. It includes a £360 million central fund to support charities providing essential services.

But right now, it’s not clear whether Cancer Research UK will be able to access this fund to support our work, such as setting up a testing centre at our research institutes or providing much needed information to cancer patients. We’re seeking urgent clarification from the Government on this, as our press release explains.

Some of the clinical research staff we fund are also choosing to go back to work in the NHS full time during this global pandemic, which we fully support. For those staff who have gone back to work in the NHS, we expect their salaries for this period to be covered by the NHS.

We’re also making every effort to save money by using the Government’s job retention scheme where appropriate and freezing all recruitment. With the temporary closure of our 600 high-street shops across the UK, we’ve already furloughed many of our trading staff, and we’re open to placing more staff on the scheme where appropriate.

For our staff who aren’t accessing support from the Government’s job retention scheme, we’re consulting on a move to 80% hours and pay from May, while our executive board has already taken a 20% pay cut.

How is Cancer Research UK supporting cancer patients right now?

In this difficult, unsettling time, we’re working to provide people affected by cancer with the support and information they need.

Our nurses’ helpline, Cancer Chat forum, information pages and coronavirus blog post are keeping abreast of the COVID-19 guidance from Public Health England, National Health Service England and the devolved bodies.

We’re in close communication with the NHS to ensure that urgent cancer care can continue, and that trusts are following NHS guidance on how to support cancer patients during this global pandemic.

Working collaboratively with other cancer charities, we’re also monitoring the impact the pandemic is having on cancer services and patients across the UK, and collating information on where novel approached to treatment are being adopted. And working to maintain a singular voice so that people affected by cancer have clear, consistent information.

Will any cancer research continue during this time?

Because of social distancing guidelines, universities have partially closed. This means that labs have also had to wind down their activities, meaning experiments and bench research into cancer has stopped.

But this doesn’t mean there’s no cancer research happening. Many of our researchers are continuing to work very productively from home.

They’re analysing their data and writing it up for publication, reading the literature to spark new ideas of how to beat cancer and writing research funding grants for these new ideas, pulling together collaborations with other researchers. All so that when ‘normality’ resumes, they can hit the ground running and be prepared to once again tackle the complex group of diseases that is cancer.

And while no new clinical trials are being set-up and recruitment to existing trials has paused, established trials are still running and people with cancer who are on them are being cared for appropriately.

What role are Cancer Research UK-funded scientists playing in the response to COVID-19?

Across the UK, Cancer Research UK-funded researchers are doing their part to help with this global pandemic.

The majority of our clinical scientists and research nurses have been called back to work in hospitals around the country, something we wholeheartedly support.

And some of our researchers are using their expertise to create COVID-19 testing hubs. For example, in just 2 weeks, our chief clinician Professor Charlie Swanton worked to establish a new testing centre at the Crick for NHS staff.

Those with specialist skills, like Dr Alan Parker in Cardiff are applying them to beating this global pandemic. A world-leading expert in viruses, Parker’s lab has spent years looking at how they could potentially be modified to act as cancer treatments. Now, having been granted essential worker status and adhering to social distancing guidelines, he’s using his labs skills, resources and knowledge to try and find a vaccine against COVID-19.

Other Cancer Research UK-funded scientists are playing their part by helping to set up trials for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, while many labs are donating resources – from equipment to chemical reagents – to the fight against COVID-19.

Why are you funding work into COVID-19 when cancer patients need your help?

For over 100 years, we’ve invested in biomedical research to achieve our mission of bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured. In doing so, we’ve developed and supported some of the brightest scientific minds in the world.

But right now, there’s an obstacle in the way of this mission – COVID-19. And in order to get back to the business of beating cancer, we must first beat the coronavirus. That’s why we’re playing our part in this global crisis by supporting our doctors who have gone back to the NHS frontline; our researchers who are using their skills to research this virus; and by making our infrastructure across the UK available to those who need it.

Read more: Today our researchers are helping to beat COVID-19 so that ‘tomorrow’ we can get back to beating cancer.

Funding world-leading cancer research and ensuring that people with cancer get the support they need remains our number one priority. But these unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, measures we’re willing to take in order to ensure that long after COVID-19 has gone, Cancer Research UK remains.

Áine 


    Comments

  • Thuốc Điều Trị
    17 July 2020

    Hope to have technology that can cure cancer soon!

  • Tony Evans
    12 July 2020

    I have watched your new advert on TV and find it distressing. I’m not sure whether the actor says 1 or 2 of us will get cancer or 1 in 2 will set cancer. Are these figures correct or spoken for the shock effect.

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    13 July 2020

    Hi Tony,

    New figures released in 2015 estimate that 1 in 2 people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives. As age is the biggest risk factor for cancer, the increase in life expectancy in the UK is the main reason why 1 in 2 people will now get cancer in their lifetime, as we’ve blogged about before. But while there is an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with cancer, survival has doubled in the UK in the last 40 years.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • Ger Leon
    17 June 2020

    Hi when is charity shops reopening?

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    18 June 2020

    Hi Ger,

    Our charity shops will start to reopen to the public from 29 June in England, and 6 July in Northern Ireland. Timescales for shops reopening in Scotland and Wales will vary due to the different lockdown policies in each UK nation. You can read more about store reopenings in our news report.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • LFrank
    17 May 2020

    You say that “tomorrow we can get back to beating cancer”. We need this TODAY. There are thousands of people that won’t get their “tomorrow” because of this decision. It’s disgraceful the way cancer patients have been thrown to the wolves in this crisis. Granted Covid19 needs to be addressed but it’s at the expense of cancer and this is unjust in my opinion.

  • Yvonne thomson
    14 May 2020

    As with everyone else disappointed that funding has had to cease mean time but totally understand why and glad CRUK is playing apart in the fight to beat virus will continue to support fully

  • MARIA JONES
    29 April 2020

    Obviously disappointed with the cut backs To cancer research, which is what I signed up to support, but trusting in your superior knowledge m I will carry on the support level I give, which isn’t much, but helps I know, and trust in your decisions and what you decide to use funding for. Like you, hope funding can soon go back to where it was intended.

  • Sheila Harper
    28 April 2020

    You have my support. We must all work together. I will continue with my Direct Debit etc.

    Live & Best Wishes to you All

  • Jacqueline Green
    24 April 2020

    Well, I was looking for a “Please Donate” at the end of your address but there was none! I would like to make a one-off donation and so, I suspect would many others! Help me and others to help you”

  • Graham glasgow
    24 April 2020

    I think people who give money for cancer research should be used for cancer research and nothing else the government should help our own country first hits not there money to give a way its the taxpayers money so i say help our own first

  • Chrissy
    23 April 2020

    I’m stopping my direct debit after hearing this. The government should fund covid 19. I feel so sorry for those who have had treatment stopped. Also CEO should take a bigger pay cut.

  • Jimbo
    23 April 2020

    Many years ago Oxford University National Cancer Research was asked to make a way of stopping Anthrax via Centre for Computational Drug Design. So they stopped research into cancer and started accelerated research. 10 years of research were completed 4 weeks and so an inhibitor was made and biological weapons destroyed. Now once
    again Oxford University National Cancer Research has been asked to contribute with the skills and facilities to find a cure for COVID-19. I personally have DOUBLED my contribution to Cancer Research in the hope that the Centre for Computational Drug Design in the Department of Chemistry, which is funded by the National Foundation for Cancer Research will once again succeed in finding the inhibitor and hence the vaccine

  • Katie Roberts
    23 April 2020

    We’ve had a number of questions about continuing cancer research during the pandemic. Funding world-leading cancer research to improve detection, treatment and care remains our number one priority. Although universities and labs have partially closed, many of our researchers are continuing to work productively from home – analysing data, planning experiments, writing up their work and pulling together collaborations with other researchers. But in order to get research fully up and running again, we need to beat coronavirus. That’s why we’re playing our part by enabling our doctors to go back to the NHS frontline and supporting our researchers who are using their skills to research the virus. We expect the salaries of our staff who have gone back to work in the NHS to be covered by the NHS, and we’re seeking urgent clarification on from the Government on whether we can access the £360 million charity fund to support our other work.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • Debbie Gardiner MBE
    23 April 2020

    I understand why you’ve made the decisions that you have and support them. I hope you don’t think what I’m about to say is distasteful. It strikes me that legacies in Wills or maybe even just in a witnessed ‘letter of wishes’ could be a route to increase donations. Very sadly lots of people are losing their lives to COVID-19, many are quite young and many won’t have a Will. I have no idea how you could approach this, as it’s it not my area of expertise, but wanted to raise it for your consideration.

  • Tom Smyth
    23 April 2020

    Non Hogkins Lung Cancer Bi Lobectomy operation Lung Cancer no. 2 Pulmonary Hypertension. Diabetes. Still alive. Conoravirus is today’s real killer. My small annual donation on its way. SAVE THE NHS

  • Andre
    23 April 2020

    I’m not gonna keep giving money anymore. Not giving money to Corona virus, I’m helping cancer research and cancer patients. Government should have money to fight this virus. I pay thousands of pounds (tax) for NHS and so on..so please tell us the correct way to stop donating.

  • Helen Forman
    23 April 2020

    As a stage 4 cancer patient with chemo no longer working and access to a cancer drug trial my only hope I am devastated by this decision. Many will die including me. Young people children young adults with families. 1 in 2 of us will have cancer they said how is this right absolute disgrace. Tossed on the scrapheap by you now as well as the uk government. Disgusted angry, upset and feeling defeated no one cares if we die

  • A Haworth
    23 April 2020

    Completely agree with the last comment.

  • A Newman
    23 April 2020

    Irrespective of the amount of salary reduction taken by your Executives, I was surprised that you did not include an easy facility at the end of your very frank report to encourage existing Donors to increase donations to make up some of the shortfall in funding. The huge amount recently raised by Captain Tom proves that there is are still generous people and money for very worthy causes.

  • Tina
    23 April 2020

    I think it’s a shame that cancer patients are not being checked there will be thousands not diagnosed, people who have it worried, understand the rationale behind all this whilst the covid-19 is around but I do worry as a post cancer patient what the future holds for us all

  • Doreen Hinckley
    23 April 2020

    Instead of cutting so much funding on research, I am very irritated that your Executive staff are only taking a 20% cut in their salaries. Should have been 50% and that would leave more for funding

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    23 April 2020

    Thanks for your questions about salary cuts. We’ve had to make a number of immediate decisions to reduce our spend to ensure we can keep making progress for people affected by cancer – who have never needed us more.

    In reducing staffing costs, we felt the approach should be consistent, so our CEO and Executive Board moved to 80% pay from 1 April, and we are now proposing a 20% reduction in both pay and hours for all other staff from May, lasting up to four months. These reductions will save us between £8m and £10m. Around 1,800 of our retail staff have been placed on the Government’s furlough scheme, alongside around 25% of other roles in the charity. We anticipate the furlough scheme will save us around £4.5m.

    These changes are short-term measures to help put us in the best long-term position to continue with our life-saving research, and make progress for people affected by cancer in these extremely challenging times. We’re continuing to monitor the situation to help us implement longer-term measures.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • Karen E
    23 April 2020

    I am appalled by the ridiculously low Executive Pay Cut – they should be very ashamed ! It is a lot less than the pay cut I have had to take for the greater good of my company for a business that isn’t a charity. I will be discontinuing my support until your very well paid Executives have a change of heart !! I will also look for other ways of supporting those with cancer – charities run by more compassionate and less greedy people.

  • Steve Williams
    23 April 2020

    A hard decision in hard times but the right one I believe. I hope people who are removing their donations rethink their decisions as they are making your inability to fund raise worse. Hopefully when this pandemic is over charities like yours will receive the same amount of support that the NHS is receiving now.

  • Carole Roden
    23 April 2020

    Thank you for the very comprehensive information. I understand that these are unprecedented times and fully support your decision. Let’s hope that cancer research and treatment can get back to normal, sooner rather than later. Thank you for all you do.

  • Ali Edkins
    23 April 2020

    I comment as a cancer survivor! I also have had cancer related deaths and have ongoing illness within my close family.
    That said I totally agree with your actions. It is a question of priorities. The emphasis should rightly be on the killer illness which can be resolved soonest. Much as we all want the curse of cancer to be eliminated, Covid19 is currently the greater threat to so many people around the world, as well as to the progress of your research. Your decisions appear to be pragmatic.

  • Helen Denzey
    23 April 2020

    I am very upset that you are diverting money from donations for Cancer research into other areas (Covid-19) without discussion/consultation with those people who are making the donations. We need to continue cancer research. A 20% pay reduction to your Executive Board is also disgracefully low – how can they continue to accept any money when you are taking Government funds for the lower paid?? I am so disgusted with your high-handed attitude that I am discontinuing my donations immediately.

  • Margaret Ellis
    23 April 2020

    A factual, objective report giving a clear insight into the whys and wherefores of changes being made. Your work is much appreciated. Thank you

  • Patricia Nichols
    23 April 2020

    Sounds like you have had to make some difficult decisions but I am sure everyone agrees that you have made the correct ones. Good luck in everything you do.

  • Kath Walker
    22 April 2020

    I’m disappointed to hear this and am unable to continue to support the charity at this time.

  • Yvonne Lonsdale
    22 April 2020

    I support your decisions in how you use the income yet still support the needs of those who currently rely on your results in cancer research. I am retired so can only give the same monthly amount but will send a one off to help your research re COVI-19.

  • Debbie Kirton
    22 April 2020

    I am fortunate in that my chemo finished on 11th March and my radiotherapy continued for 3 weeks, ending last Friday. I think it is grand that you are redirecting much of your research to. Covid, as if folk with compromised immunities like many of us, catch this horrific disease, the cancer treatment we have all had will be for nothing. Fighting this virus has to be top of everyone’s agenda, so I understand your decision and will continue with my subscription. Let’s hope we beat this pandemic ASAP and you guys can get back to your primary aims. All the best to you all. X

  • Ken Treadgold
    22 April 2020

    I fully support the hard decisions you have needed to make. I will continue my support for yourselves. I am afraid that I cannot commit to increasing my regular contribution, but will make one-off donations as and when I can afford to do so. I have already made one.
    Please ensure you and your staff all stay safe, the work you do is too important to fall by the wayside due to the current awful situation of the covid-19 crisis.

  • Susan Banner
    22 April 2020

    Sorry but I am withdrawing my support for the time being
    We are all aware of the dire consequences of covid19 I am not sure cancer research should just stop
    People have had cancer treatment stopped at addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge
    Sorry but I find that unacceptable
    As my partner and myself have willed our money to cancer research and breast cancer U.K.
    For the time being our wills have been changed to remover this

  • Catherine Andrews.
    22 April 2020

    I absolutely support the terribly difficult decisions you have to make. My sister died of cancer at the age of 55 last November and I desperately want the research to continue. But I also accept that the world is facing a tragedy of epic proportions. Nothing is normal any more, we all must make changes. It’s outrageous that this research, and other charities like hospices should have to rely so much on donations through lack of government funding but the fact is they do, and I will do whatever I can to support them and you for as long as I am able.

    As someone else has suggested, I will be increasing my donation to you. I’m not rich, I’m a pensioner, but if I have to sacrifice some daily luxuries then I will.

  • Malcolm Karpeta
    22 April 2020

    “Our reserve policy requires us to have enough investments and managed cash to cover a minimum of 3 months’ work. It’s there to be used as a temporary, short-term measure to allow us to keep the organisation running”
    What exactly do you consider to be “..temporary, short term measures”?
    A couple of examples perhaps?

  • Ann Morford
    22 April 2020

    I shall continue my support. You are doing what you think is right in this worrying time and no-one should condem that decision. I think you are right in what you are and have always done. The NHS need everyones help and support. Keep safe all of you

  • Susannah Goodridge
    22 April 2020

    I asked the other day what the salaries currently are of your executive members would like an answer please – don’t believe a 20%wage cut is enough – this is public money. Also what are you paying your employees on less pay? Don’t feel cancer research should put money into Covid-research when there are people dying of cancer out there lots of them – some cannot be admitted for treatment. My partner has bowel cancer fortunately know completed chemotherapy, but unable to have his bag reversal or further tests currently. It would be more appropriate to give a donation to Marie Curie or |Macmillan who are supporting cancer patients in the community.

  • Megan Sammons
    22 April 2020

    Captain Tom Moore, (bless his heart) has just raised £25 million . If some of this money cannot be shared with Cancer Research, I reckon his valiant efforts have been raised in vain.

  • Robert
    22 April 2020

    I shall be cancelling my monthly donation and give it straight to the NHS

  • Alistair casserly
    22 April 2020

    I Shall cancel my subscription and give it straight to the NHS

  • Donna Sheringham
    22 April 2020

    Hi, yes I support all of these steps the charity is taking and hope like everyone else we can get back to normal ASAP. Although ideally the pay cuts should be lower I appreciate that everyone is having to pay their bills. This is an unprecedented crisis and I feel you are responding as best you can. I shall be continuing my support.

  • J. Hanna
    22 April 2020

    It is a very sad read but I understand that we are in unknown and very difficult territory here and now. I realise that you have been faced with some very difficult choices but trust that all decisions taken are in the best interests of your patients and staff. I will continue to support while I am able but am also very aware that this current situation paints a very uncertain picture for us all going forward. I hope and pray that your good work may get back on track in the very near future.

  • Anita Everett
    21 April 2020

    I think it is a very good idea as to what you are doing. I understand that the Coronavirus needs to be stopped. I fully support how you are helping Covid 19 and still managing to do some testing for cancer. Thank You so much for all the work you are doing

  • chris woodward
    21 April 2020

    Not at all happy about your organisation funding doctors to work on covid. You should only use our donations for cancer research as the charity is for. I will stop my donations until the covid is sorted.

  • Sam
    21 April 2020

    A little confused with the logic helping with the COVID -19 research when 450 people a day die from cancer every day in the U.K. 2015-2017 stats. This is the data on your own website!

  • Chris Taylor
    21 April 2020

    By all means support research to beat coronavirus, however I think you should be making very strong representation to NHS/ Government to ensure existing cancer patients can get the treatment they need, Thousands of us are being told that we cannot be seen cannot be scanned, cannot get established treatments that are proved to save lives. For all intents an purposes we have been thrown under the Covid bus.
    When this is over there will still be 900 or so a day diagnosed with cancer, and at this rate the death rate will escalate to well over 450 a day. It is time some proper perspective was applied to ring fence hospitals so that cancer treatment can continue in a safe environment.

  • Veronica Franklin
    21 April 2020

    I’m very sorry to hear this. I understand that some of your researchers may wish to support the NHS directly by transferring to more front line work and I applaud this. What I find difficult to understand is why your executive directors are only taking a 20% paycut. Presumably they are not meeting and presumably their work too has dried up. I feel very uncomfortable about this.

  • quentin barrett
    21 April 2020

    i think that it is disgusting that the people at the top only take a 205 pay cut while the ones doing the work and the ones suffering with cancer now and in the future are having to make much bigger sacrifices. Because of this I shall be stopping my donation. I am not giving to the rich while they keep their jobs and 805 of valuable money and others less fortunate are left to suffer . I would like you to canvel my direct debit forthwith.

  • Michael Trunks
    21 April 2020

    Under these circumstances as a long time supporter of cancer research I respectfully ask other supporters over this terrible time if possible increase your donations if only for a short time to help this charity do it’s most important work.
    I will myself increase my monthly donation by 50 % and pray the good people of this country follow my lead.
    This important work must still continue!

  • Maureen lambert
    21 April 2020

    Money should be taken the 200million tha charity has should be spent. All these big charities should be run by the public no executive should have a say .

  • Joyce Devaney
    21 April 2020

    Totally understand and support the decision that has been made. Thank you so much for the very clear and detailed information

  • Lillian Griffin
    21 April 2020

    You all do wonderful work for Cancer Research

  • David
    21 April 2020

    I do not agree with this. If you cut funding research then after the coronavirus has gone then more people will die from cancer than the virus killed.

  • Carolyn McAllan
    21 April 2020

    I totally agree with everything you are doing in such difficult times. Prioritising what is important so matters. The doctors who have gone back to the front line & researchers who are trying to find a vaccine are very much heroes & heroines .

  • Kim hunt
    21 April 2020

    Its hard to hear that everything stops because of covid 19. So many lives are being sacrificed because of it. Yes this is unprecedented but also controversial. . Many very ill people are being asked to simply lay down and die. A complete turn-around. Of course people are dying because of the virus but certain choices have been made and we have become extra victims.

  • Andrew Millar
    21 April 2020

    Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can beat the corona virus and move on to the important work of cancer research again

  • Professor Roy Seaman
    21 April 2020

    We trust your decision making.

    Thanks for the informative info

  • Steve Edwards
    20 April 2020

    Understand fully your action but confident you can get back on track once we a able to manage COVID-19 We must remain positive for the future for people with cancer 🌻

  • Patrick McGuire
    20 April 2020

    I understand and generally support the difficult decisions made by CRUK but we need to push hard on the government paying compensation for the facilities and staffing being used to fight COVID-19. I also feel we need to make the government and the general public fully aware of the implications of the current situation on cancer patients.

  • Judith Lassam
    20 April 2020

    I approve of all the actions taken by cancer research. I would like to help in any practical way as as retired nurse but have been retired for nearly ten years. The only way I can now help is financially and so am asking to increase my giving to cancer research.Please send forms or whatever is needed. It will not be a large amount as I rely on my pension but I could manage a little more.

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    21 April 2020

    Hi Judith,

    Thanks for your support. To change your monthly donation you can call us on 0300 123 1022 or or live chat with us via the contact us page.

    You can also find out more about ways to donate on our website.

    Thanks again for all your support.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • Irene Hay
    20 April 2020

    Thank you for explaining so clearly what you have done and totally agree with all your decisions. You do a wonderful job and I hope that after this is all over people will give or increase their level of support. Thank you again for your dedication.

  • Leslie Ardron
    20 April 2020

    Disappointing news, but understandable.
    With events like Race For Life and ShineWalk
    Could you not do a TV advert calling everybody to partake in a virtual event.
    Explain the difficulties that this awesome charity are going through and I’m sure thousands would sign up

  • Lord David Shillito
    19 April 2020

    We need to keep Cancer Research going wherever possible, even if it’s limited. Maybe the public will help fund it. Keep me informed.

  • Amanda Etherton
    19 April 2020

    I understand what you’re saying. Has the cancer research lottery been postponed?

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    20 April 2020

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for your question about our weekly lottery. The lottery is still running and draws will still take place as normal every Friday, with the results published on our results page at no later than 5pm.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • bela kapur
    19 April 2020

    very very very impressive FAQ. very thoughtful and clear. thank you for being transparent with us. of course this has been a very difficult process for you to go through. I stand with you and thank you for the contribution you are not making to tackle COVID-19 and look forward to you ramping back your focus on tackling cancer.

  • Christina Armstrong
    19 April 2020

    Thank you for letting us know how you are helping to beat Covid-19, the measures you are taking are sensible and I fully support you. It’s not much but I intend to double my monthly donation to help in a very small way. Thank you

  • Christopher Francis
    19 April 2020

    All perfectly understandable and a reasonable response to an immensely challenging set of circumstances.

  • Mr M Tashman:5
    19 April 2020

    Will paying £7 help instead of £5 per month?h

  • John Russell
    19 April 2020

    I think you are doing what needs to be done and l fully support your endevers, I for one am completely thank full for what you’ve done for me and friends and you have my wishes for the future.

  • John worrall
    19 April 2020

    I hope things are soon back to normal if the government sit down and think they would instead of giving blanket covering to sections they think should be helped individual charities like yours would be closer to the top of the pile.

  • Rose Shields
    19 April 2020

    You should still do researching

  • Marjorie Hewlett-Clarke
    19 April 2020

    Hi I as a previous cancer patient I have supported Cancer research for the past twenty years donating £10 per month as I believe your work is amazing. Thank you so much for working so hard in order to beat cancer.

  • Adyan cancer research UK
    19 April 2020

    Hello CRUK,
    Please can l visit my grandson Adyan ? I understand he is well now and attending school . I am his grandmother. Please where is Adyan? I would like to look after him. Is he with a foster parents? . Regards,. Esther Ojo

  • Peter Hannan Sharp
    19 April 2020

    I don’t mind whatever you use our contributions for as long as it benefits people less fortunate than ourselves, thank you.

  • Susan Hine
    19 April 2020

    I think you are doing what you have to in unprecedented times. You will be able to pick up and carry on after this has passed. All good wishes.

  • Kate Cogle
    19 April 2020

    I agree that Coronavirus must take precedence until a vaccine has been found.

  • Anna Lawrence
    18 April 2020

    In order to make some contribution to lost funding could you ask all those who normally take part in the Race for Life to still pay their admission fees as a donation?

  • Ann Walls
    18 April 2020

    Agree with plan in general but patients in need of Chemotherapy should be given the choice to be able to undergo treatment now if they so wish obviously with the vulnerability explained

    Comments

  • Thuốc Điều Trị
    17 July 2020

    Hope to have technology that can cure cancer soon!

  • Tony Evans
    12 July 2020

    I have watched your new advert on TV and find it distressing. I’m not sure whether the actor says 1 or 2 of us will get cancer or 1 in 2 will set cancer. Are these figures correct or spoken for the shock effect.

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    13 July 2020

    Hi Tony,

    New figures released in 2015 estimate that 1 in 2 people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives. As age is the biggest risk factor for cancer, the increase in life expectancy in the UK is the main reason why 1 in 2 people will now get cancer in their lifetime, as we’ve blogged about before. But while there is an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with cancer, survival has doubled in the UK in the last 40 years.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • Ger Leon
    17 June 2020

    Hi when is charity shops reopening?

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    18 June 2020

    Hi Ger,

    Our charity shops will start to reopen to the public from 29 June in England, and 6 July in Northern Ireland. Timescales for shops reopening in Scotland and Wales will vary due to the different lockdown policies in each UK nation. You can read more about store reopenings in our news report.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • LFrank
    17 May 2020

    You say that “tomorrow we can get back to beating cancer”. We need this TODAY. There are thousands of people that won’t get their “tomorrow” because of this decision. It’s disgraceful the way cancer patients have been thrown to the wolves in this crisis. Granted Covid19 needs to be addressed but it’s at the expense of cancer and this is unjust in my opinion.

  • Yvonne thomson
    14 May 2020

    As with everyone else disappointed that funding has had to cease mean time but totally understand why and glad CRUK is playing apart in the fight to beat virus will continue to support fully

  • MARIA JONES
    29 April 2020

    Obviously disappointed with the cut backs To cancer research, which is what I signed up to support, but trusting in your superior knowledge m I will carry on the support level I give, which isn’t much, but helps I know, and trust in your decisions and what you decide to use funding for. Like you, hope funding can soon go back to where it was intended.

  • Sheila Harper
    28 April 2020

    You have my support. We must all work together. I will continue with my Direct Debit etc.

    Live & Best Wishes to you All

  • Jacqueline Green
    24 April 2020

    Well, I was looking for a “Please Donate” at the end of your address but there was none! I would like to make a one-off donation and so, I suspect would many others! Help me and others to help you”

  • Graham glasgow
    24 April 2020

    I think people who give money for cancer research should be used for cancer research and nothing else the government should help our own country first hits not there money to give a way its the taxpayers money so i say help our own first

  • Chrissy
    23 April 2020

    I’m stopping my direct debit after hearing this. The government should fund covid 19. I feel so sorry for those who have had treatment stopped. Also CEO should take a bigger pay cut.

  • Jimbo
    23 April 2020

    Many years ago Oxford University National Cancer Research was asked to make a way of stopping Anthrax via Centre for Computational Drug Design. So they stopped research into cancer and started accelerated research. 10 years of research were completed 4 weeks and so an inhibitor was made and biological weapons destroyed. Now once
    again Oxford University National Cancer Research has been asked to contribute with the skills and facilities to find a cure for COVID-19. I personally have DOUBLED my contribution to Cancer Research in the hope that the Centre for Computational Drug Design in the Department of Chemistry, which is funded by the National Foundation for Cancer Research will once again succeed in finding the inhibitor and hence the vaccine

  • Katie Roberts
    23 April 2020

    We’ve had a number of questions about continuing cancer research during the pandemic. Funding world-leading cancer research to improve detection, treatment and care remains our number one priority. Although universities and labs have partially closed, many of our researchers are continuing to work productively from home – analysing data, planning experiments, writing up their work and pulling together collaborations with other researchers. But in order to get research fully up and running again, we need to beat coronavirus. That’s why we’re playing our part by enabling our doctors to go back to the NHS frontline and supporting our researchers who are using their skills to research the virus. We expect the salaries of our staff who have gone back to work in the NHS to be covered by the NHS, and we’re seeking urgent clarification on from the Government on whether we can access the £360 million charity fund to support our other work.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • Debbie Gardiner MBE
    23 April 2020

    I understand why you’ve made the decisions that you have and support them. I hope you don’t think what I’m about to say is distasteful. It strikes me that legacies in Wills or maybe even just in a witnessed ‘letter of wishes’ could be a route to increase donations. Very sadly lots of people are losing their lives to COVID-19, many are quite young and many won’t have a Will. I have no idea how you could approach this, as it’s it not my area of expertise, but wanted to raise it for your consideration.

  • Tom Smyth
    23 April 2020

    Non Hogkins Lung Cancer Bi Lobectomy operation Lung Cancer no. 2 Pulmonary Hypertension. Diabetes. Still alive. Conoravirus is today’s real killer. My small annual donation on its way. SAVE THE NHS

  • Andre
    23 April 2020

    I’m not gonna keep giving money anymore. Not giving money to Corona virus, I’m helping cancer research and cancer patients. Government should have money to fight this virus. I pay thousands of pounds (tax) for NHS and so on..so please tell us the correct way to stop donating.

  • Helen Forman
    23 April 2020

    As a stage 4 cancer patient with chemo no longer working and access to a cancer drug trial my only hope I am devastated by this decision. Many will die including me. Young people children young adults with families. 1 in 2 of us will have cancer they said how is this right absolute disgrace. Tossed on the scrapheap by you now as well as the uk government. Disgusted angry, upset and feeling defeated no one cares if we die

  • A Haworth
    23 April 2020

    Completely agree with the last comment.

  • A Newman
    23 April 2020

    Irrespective of the amount of salary reduction taken by your Executives, I was surprised that you did not include an easy facility at the end of your very frank report to encourage existing Donors to increase donations to make up some of the shortfall in funding. The huge amount recently raised by Captain Tom proves that there is are still generous people and money for very worthy causes.

  • Tina
    23 April 2020

    I think it’s a shame that cancer patients are not being checked there will be thousands not diagnosed, people who have it worried, understand the rationale behind all this whilst the covid-19 is around but I do worry as a post cancer patient what the future holds for us all

  • Doreen Hinckley
    23 April 2020

    Instead of cutting so much funding on research, I am very irritated that your Executive staff are only taking a 20% cut in their salaries. Should have been 50% and that would leave more for funding

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    23 April 2020

    Thanks for your questions about salary cuts. We’ve had to make a number of immediate decisions to reduce our spend to ensure we can keep making progress for people affected by cancer – who have never needed us more.

    In reducing staffing costs, we felt the approach should be consistent, so our CEO and Executive Board moved to 80% pay from 1 April, and we are now proposing a 20% reduction in both pay and hours for all other staff from May, lasting up to four months. These reductions will save us between £8m and £10m. Around 1,800 of our retail staff have been placed on the Government’s furlough scheme, alongside around 25% of other roles in the charity. We anticipate the furlough scheme will save us around £4.5m.

    These changes are short-term measures to help put us in the best long-term position to continue with our life-saving research, and make progress for people affected by cancer in these extremely challenging times. We’re continuing to monitor the situation to help us implement longer-term measures.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • Karen E
    23 April 2020

    I am appalled by the ridiculously low Executive Pay Cut – they should be very ashamed ! It is a lot less than the pay cut I have had to take for the greater good of my company for a business that isn’t a charity. I will be discontinuing my support until your very well paid Executives have a change of heart !! I will also look for other ways of supporting those with cancer – charities run by more compassionate and less greedy people.

  • Steve Williams
    23 April 2020

    A hard decision in hard times but the right one I believe. I hope people who are removing their donations rethink their decisions as they are making your inability to fund raise worse. Hopefully when this pandemic is over charities like yours will receive the same amount of support that the NHS is receiving now.

  • Carole Roden
    23 April 2020

    Thank you for the very comprehensive information. I understand that these are unprecedented times and fully support your decision. Let’s hope that cancer research and treatment can get back to normal, sooner rather than later. Thank you for all you do.

  • Ali Edkins
    23 April 2020

    I comment as a cancer survivor! I also have had cancer related deaths and have ongoing illness within my close family.
    That said I totally agree with your actions. It is a question of priorities. The emphasis should rightly be on the killer illness which can be resolved soonest. Much as we all want the curse of cancer to be eliminated, Covid19 is currently the greater threat to so many people around the world, as well as to the progress of your research. Your decisions appear to be pragmatic.

  • Helen Denzey
    23 April 2020

    I am very upset that you are diverting money from donations for Cancer research into other areas (Covid-19) without discussion/consultation with those people who are making the donations. We need to continue cancer research. A 20% pay reduction to your Executive Board is also disgracefully low – how can they continue to accept any money when you are taking Government funds for the lower paid?? I am so disgusted with your high-handed attitude that I am discontinuing my donations immediately.

  • Margaret Ellis
    23 April 2020

    A factual, objective report giving a clear insight into the whys and wherefores of changes being made. Your work is much appreciated. Thank you

  • Patricia Nichols
    23 April 2020

    Sounds like you have had to make some difficult decisions but I am sure everyone agrees that you have made the correct ones. Good luck in everything you do.

  • Kath Walker
    22 April 2020

    I’m disappointed to hear this and am unable to continue to support the charity at this time.

  • Yvonne Lonsdale
    22 April 2020

    I support your decisions in how you use the income yet still support the needs of those who currently rely on your results in cancer research. I am retired so can only give the same monthly amount but will send a one off to help your research re COVI-19.

  • Debbie Kirton
    22 April 2020

    I am fortunate in that my chemo finished on 11th March and my radiotherapy continued for 3 weeks, ending last Friday. I think it is grand that you are redirecting much of your research to. Covid, as if folk with compromised immunities like many of us, catch this horrific disease, the cancer treatment we have all had will be for nothing. Fighting this virus has to be top of everyone’s agenda, so I understand your decision and will continue with my subscription. Let’s hope we beat this pandemic ASAP and you guys can get back to your primary aims. All the best to you all. X

  • Ken Treadgold
    22 April 2020

    I fully support the hard decisions you have needed to make. I will continue my support for yourselves. I am afraid that I cannot commit to increasing my regular contribution, but will make one-off donations as and when I can afford to do so. I have already made one.
    Please ensure you and your staff all stay safe, the work you do is too important to fall by the wayside due to the current awful situation of the covid-19 crisis.

  • Susan Banner
    22 April 2020

    Sorry but I am withdrawing my support for the time being
    We are all aware of the dire consequences of covid19 I am not sure cancer research should just stop
    People have had cancer treatment stopped at addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge
    Sorry but I find that unacceptable
    As my partner and myself have willed our money to cancer research and breast cancer U.K.
    For the time being our wills have been changed to remover this

  • Catherine Andrews.
    22 April 2020

    I absolutely support the terribly difficult decisions you have to make. My sister died of cancer at the age of 55 last November and I desperately want the research to continue. But I also accept that the world is facing a tragedy of epic proportions. Nothing is normal any more, we all must make changes. It’s outrageous that this research, and other charities like hospices should have to rely so much on donations through lack of government funding but the fact is they do, and I will do whatever I can to support them and you for as long as I am able.

    As someone else has suggested, I will be increasing my donation to you. I’m not rich, I’m a pensioner, but if I have to sacrifice some daily luxuries then I will.

  • Malcolm Karpeta
    22 April 2020

    “Our reserve policy requires us to have enough investments and managed cash to cover a minimum of 3 months’ work. It’s there to be used as a temporary, short-term measure to allow us to keep the organisation running”
    What exactly do you consider to be “..temporary, short term measures”?
    A couple of examples perhaps?

  • Ann Morford
    22 April 2020

    I shall continue my support. You are doing what you think is right in this worrying time and no-one should condem that decision. I think you are right in what you are and have always done. The NHS need everyones help and support. Keep safe all of you

  • Susannah Goodridge
    22 April 2020

    I asked the other day what the salaries currently are of your executive members would like an answer please – don’t believe a 20%wage cut is enough – this is public money. Also what are you paying your employees on less pay? Don’t feel cancer research should put money into Covid-research when there are people dying of cancer out there lots of them – some cannot be admitted for treatment. My partner has bowel cancer fortunately know completed chemotherapy, but unable to have his bag reversal or further tests currently. It would be more appropriate to give a donation to Marie Curie or |Macmillan who are supporting cancer patients in the community.

  • Megan Sammons
    22 April 2020

    Captain Tom Moore, (bless his heart) has just raised £25 million . If some of this money cannot be shared with Cancer Research, I reckon his valiant efforts have been raised in vain.

  • Robert
    22 April 2020

    I shall be cancelling my monthly donation and give it straight to the NHS

  • Alistair casserly
    22 April 2020

    I Shall cancel my subscription and give it straight to the NHS

  • Donna Sheringham
    22 April 2020

    Hi, yes I support all of these steps the charity is taking and hope like everyone else we can get back to normal ASAP. Although ideally the pay cuts should be lower I appreciate that everyone is having to pay their bills. This is an unprecedented crisis and I feel you are responding as best you can. I shall be continuing my support.

  • J. Hanna
    22 April 2020

    It is a very sad read but I understand that we are in unknown and very difficult territory here and now. I realise that you have been faced with some very difficult choices but trust that all decisions taken are in the best interests of your patients and staff. I will continue to support while I am able but am also very aware that this current situation paints a very uncertain picture for us all going forward. I hope and pray that your good work may get back on track in the very near future.

  • Anita Everett
    21 April 2020

    I think it is a very good idea as to what you are doing. I understand that the Coronavirus needs to be stopped. I fully support how you are helping Covid 19 and still managing to do some testing for cancer. Thank You so much for all the work you are doing

  • chris woodward
    21 April 2020

    Not at all happy about your organisation funding doctors to work on covid. You should only use our donations for cancer research as the charity is for. I will stop my donations until the covid is sorted.

  • Sam
    21 April 2020

    A little confused with the logic helping with the COVID -19 research when 450 people a day die from cancer every day in the U.K. 2015-2017 stats. This is the data on your own website!

  • Chris Taylor
    21 April 2020

    By all means support research to beat coronavirus, however I think you should be making very strong representation to NHS/ Government to ensure existing cancer patients can get the treatment they need, Thousands of us are being told that we cannot be seen cannot be scanned, cannot get established treatments that are proved to save lives. For all intents an purposes we have been thrown under the Covid bus.
    When this is over there will still be 900 or so a day diagnosed with cancer, and at this rate the death rate will escalate to well over 450 a day. It is time some proper perspective was applied to ring fence hospitals so that cancer treatment can continue in a safe environment.

  • Veronica Franklin
    21 April 2020

    I’m very sorry to hear this. I understand that some of your researchers may wish to support the NHS directly by transferring to more front line work and I applaud this. What I find difficult to understand is why your executive directors are only taking a 20% paycut. Presumably they are not meeting and presumably their work too has dried up. I feel very uncomfortable about this.

  • quentin barrett
    21 April 2020

    i think that it is disgusting that the people at the top only take a 205 pay cut while the ones doing the work and the ones suffering with cancer now and in the future are having to make much bigger sacrifices. Because of this I shall be stopping my donation. I am not giving to the rich while they keep their jobs and 805 of valuable money and others less fortunate are left to suffer . I would like you to canvel my direct debit forthwith.

  • Michael Trunks
    21 April 2020

    Under these circumstances as a long time supporter of cancer research I respectfully ask other supporters over this terrible time if possible increase your donations if only for a short time to help this charity do it’s most important work.
    I will myself increase my monthly donation by 50 % and pray the good people of this country follow my lead.
    This important work must still continue!

  • Maureen lambert
    21 April 2020

    Money should be taken the 200million tha charity has should be spent. All these big charities should be run by the public no executive should have a say .

  • Joyce Devaney
    21 April 2020

    Totally understand and support the decision that has been made. Thank you so much for the very clear and detailed information

  • Lillian Griffin
    21 April 2020

    You all do wonderful work for Cancer Research

  • David
    21 April 2020

    I do not agree with this. If you cut funding research then after the coronavirus has gone then more people will die from cancer than the virus killed.

  • Carolyn McAllan
    21 April 2020

    I totally agree with everything you are doing in such difficult times. Prioritising what is important so matters. The doctors who have gone back to the front line & researchers who are trying to find a vaccine are very much heroes & heroines .

  • Kim hunt
    21 April 2020

    Its hard to hear that everything stops because of covid 19. So many lives are being sacrificed because of it. Yes this is unprecedented but also controversial. . Many very ill people are being asked to simply lay down and die. A complete turn-around. Of course people are dying because of the virus but certain choices have been made and we have become extra victims.

  • Andrew Millar
    21 April 2020

    Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can beat the corona virus and move on to the important work of cancer research again

  • Professor Roy Seaman
    21 April 2020

    We trust your decision making.

    Thanks for the informative info

  • Steve Edwards
    20 April 2020

    Understand fully your action but confident you can get back on track once we a able to manage COVID-19 We must remain positive for the future for people with cancer 🌻

  • Patrick McGuire
    20 April 2020

    I understand and generally support the difficult decisions made by CRUK but we need to push hard on the government paying compensation for the facilities and staffing being used to fight COVID-19. I also feel we need to make the government and the general public fully aware of the implications of the current situation on cancer patients.

  • Judith Lassam
    20 April 2020

    I approve of all the actions taken by cancer research. I would like to help in any practical way as as retired nurse but have been retired for nearly ten years. The only way I can now help is financially and so am asking to increase my giving to cancer research.Please send forms or whatever is needed. It will not be a large amount as I rely on my pension but I could manage a little more.

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    21 April 2020

    Hi Judith,

    Thanks for your support. To change your monthly donation you can call us on 0300 123 1022 or or live chat with us via the contact us page.

    You can also find out more about ways to donate on our website.

    Thanks again for all your support.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • Irene Hay
    20 April 2020

    Thank you for explaining so clearly what you have done and totally agree with all your decisions. You do a wonderful job and I hope that after this is all over people will give or increase their level of support. Thank you again for your dedication.

  • Leslie Ardron
    20 April 2020

    Disappointing news, but understandable.
    With events like Race For Life and ShineWalk
    Could you not do a TV advert calling everybody to partake in a virtual event.
    Explain the difficulties that this awesome charity are going through and I’m sure thousands would sign up

  • Lord David Shillito
    19 April 2020

    We need to keep Cancer Research going wherever possible, even if it’s limited. Maybe the public will help fund it. Keep me informed.

  • Amanda Etherton
    19 April 2020

    I understand what you’re saying. Has the cancer research lottery been postponed?

  • reply
    Katie Roberts
    20 April 2020

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for your question about our weekly lottery. The lottery is still running and draws will still take place as normal every Friday, with the results published on our results page at no later than 5pm.

    Best wishes,

    Katie, Cancer Research UK

  • bela kapur
    19 April 2020

    very very very impressive FAQ. very thoughtful and clear. thank you for being transparent with us. of course this has been a very difficult process for you to go through. I stand with you and thank you for the contribution you are not making to tackle COVID-19 and look forward to you ramping back your focus on tackling cancer.

  • Christina Armstrong
    19 April 2020

    Thank you for letting us know how you are helping to beat Covid-19, the measures you are taking are sensible and I fully support you. It’s not much but I intend to double my monthly donation to help in a very small way. Thank you

  • Christopher Francis
    19 April 2020

    All perfectly understandable and a reasonable response to an immensely challenging set of circumstances.

  • Mr M Tashman:5
    19 April 2020

    Will paying £7 help instead of £5 per month?h

  • John Russell
    19 April 2020

    I think you are doing what needs to be done and l fully support your endevers, I for one am completely thank full for what you’ve done for me and friends and you have my wishes for the future.

  • John worrall
    19 April 2020

    I hope things are soon back to normal if the government sit down and think they would instead of giving blanket covering to sections they think should be helped individual charities like yours would be closer to the top of the pile.

  • Rose Shields
    19 April 2020

    You should still do researching

  • Marjorie Hewlett-Clarke
    19 April 2020

    Hi I as a previous cancer patient I have supported Cancer research for the past twenty years donating £10 per month as I believe your work is amazing. Thank you so much for working so hard in order to beat cancer.

  • Adyan cancer research UK
    19 April 2020

    Hello CRUK,
    Please can l visit my grandson Adyan ? I understand he is well now and attending school . I am his grandmother. Please where is Adyan? I would like to look after him. Is he with a foster parents? . Regards,. Esther Ojo

  • Peter Hannan Sharp
    19 April 2020

    I don’t mind whatever you use our contributions for as long as it benefits people less fortunate than ourselves, thank you.

  • Susan Hine
    19 April 2020

    I think you are doing what you have to in unprecedented times. You will be able to pick up and carry on after this has passed. All good wishes.

  • Kate Cogle
    19 April 2020

    I agree that Coronavirus must take precedence until a vaccine has been found.

  • Anna Lawrence
    18 April 2020

    In order to make some contribution to lost funding could you ask all those who normally take part in the Race for Life to still pay their admission fees as a donation?

  • Ann Walls
    18 April 2020

    Agree with plan in general but patients in need of Chemotherapy should be given the choice to be able to undergo treatment now if they so wish obviously with the vulnerability explained