Pledge Their Support for Cancer Research Charity
STUDENTS studying science
at Southport College have selected North West Cancer Research
incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research (NWCR), as their
nominated charity for the 2014 to 2015 academic year.
All fundraising monies generated by science students during the year
will be donated to NWCR, the region's leading cancer research
The nomination signifies the start of a working partnership between
Southport College and NWCR, and will provide an opportunity for
Southport College students to take part in some valuable
extra curricular activities alongside their classroom based
9 of the students have already visited the charity's new North West
Cancer Research Centre at the University of Liverpool, which was
unveiled last month. The students were able to find out more about
some of the research projects being carried out at the centre, visit
the research labs and talk to some of the researchers who NWCR
currently supports. Lynette Smith, curriculum leader for science at Southport College
said:- “I am thrilled the students have chosen to work with
NWCR and I'm looking forward to supporting their fundraising
As part of our partnership, NWCR is enhancing our students' learning
by arranging visits to their specialist cancer research labs. This
will provide real insight into the sorts of careers that our
students are preparing for.
Students who study science at Southport College are not only
benefitting from our own brand new laboratory facilities, but from
being associated with NWCR's leading edge cancer research too. It's
an experience that will add real value to their learning, and one
that they just wouldn't get elsewhere.”
Over the last 12 months grants totalling £2million have supported
research projects at the University of Liverpool as well as at
Lancaster University and the University of Bangor.
Bobby Magee, community development executive at NWCR, said:-
“We're really delighted that the science students at Southport
College have chosen to support us this year, and look forward to
working with them over the coming months.
Research is vital to our understanding of cancer, how to detect it,
how to treat it and how to prevent it. Every penny raised for NWCR
helps to fund world-class research into understanding of what is
still the biggest cause of premature death in the North West of the
The first fundraising activity planned for this year is a candy cane
delivery around the college campus, as well as Christmas jumper and
onesie day. Further activities are planned throughout the academic
local businesses more than business generally
PEOPLE in the North West
have a dramatically higher level of trust in businesses in their
area than they do in UK business as a whole.
The CBI's Great Business Debate (its campaign to increase public
trust in business) is publishing a YouGov survey of over four
thousand people, including 396 in the North West. It shows that,
when people's feelings about businesses are determined by their
direct experience, they are overwhelmingly positive but that this
often fails to translate into support for business generally.
In the North West 81% of people trust
(firms in their vicinity, big or small, that they interact with)
compared with 51% who trust business overall. That matches a pattern
for the whole UK where the figures were 81% and 57%.
The CBI is encouraging individuals to recognise that contradiction
and calling on businesses to go further in strengthening their
engagement with the areas where they operate. It is also calling on
businesses to tell the bigger story of their contribution to
communities, jobs and investment more convincingly.
Damian Waters, CBI North West Director, said:- “Businesses
here have a job to do using the warmth felt for them at a local
level to improve feelings about UK business as a whole.
When people have direct experience of companies, for example as
customers or employees, it's overwhelmingly good and trust is high
as a result. But opinions about business generally seem to have less
solid roots. These views are more likely to be influenced by things
people read or hear second hand and are a lot less positive.
As part of the CBI's 'Trust In Business' campaign, The Great Business
Debate, we're challenging individuals to think about the
contradiction in how they perceive businesses locally and business
generally. We're also calling on firms in the North West to build on
the positive engagement they already have in the areas where they
operate and to tell more convincingly the story of their impact on
jobs, investment and taxes which is felt in communities all over the
In the North West 68% of people agree they are more likely to trust
a business with a strong presence in their area while only 7% feel
local businesses don't have a positive impact on their locality.
Other key findings for the region include:-
55% agree local businesses often support other businesses in the
area by sourcing locally; only 9% disagree.
54% agree businesses in my area are proud to be part of the
community; only 6% disagree.
Creating and supporting local jobs is the main thing people in the
region say:- 'local businesses' (firms in their vicinity, big
or small, that they interact with) should be doing more of to build
trust (62%) followed by providing good customer service (56%)
The trust building action they want more of from 'national
businesses' (firms big and small operating across the UK) is
jobs 66% and contributing to the national economy 65%.
The CBI's Great Business Debate wants to hear the widest possible
range of views. Anyone can go to the
website to leave comments or follow on twitter:- @bizdebate.