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Issue:- Thursday, 4 August 2016

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Charity provides annual funding of more than £2 million to support local cancer research

LIVERPOOL based North West Cancer Research has announced that it will provide an additional £902,816 worth of funding as part of its latest drive to boost lifesaving cancer research in the city.

This will take its total annual funding totals to more than £2 million, following an earlier £1,106,776 commitment announced back in February 2016.

The funding will support 4 research projects, 3 of which will be based at the University of Liverpool. These include 2, 3 year studies, that aim to improve our understanding and treatments of the deadly blood cancers Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL).

Funding has also been granted, to allow a group of researchers to continue their research, which aims to optimise the effectiveness of a drug given to patients with secondary skin cancer. This follows a series of breakthroughs during an initial research project, funded by North West Cancer Research. It is hoped the outcomes of the latest work will help prolong the effects of treatments and provide a better quality of life for patients with skin cancer.

Around £211,000 has been granted to support 2 PhD studentships based at the North West Cancer Research Centre at the University of Liverpool, providing additional support across a range of projects. Studentships will take place from September 2017 and funds will cover stipends, student fees and consumables.

Dominique Hare, research officer at North West Cancer Research, said:- "We recently announced a commitment to fund more than £12.3 million over the next 5 years, but this latest funding news actually takes our commitment beyond the £13 million mark. As a charity we pride ourselves on only backing the very best quality of research; research which will ultimately deliver significant breakthroughs and have a direct impact on people living in Liverpool and the North West. Thanks to research, half of all people diagnosed with cancer will survive. Our promise over the next 5 years is to ensure a constant flow of research to ensure that in the future everyone diagnosed with cancer will have a chance to survive."

A final research project based at Bangor University will also benefit from this latest round of funding. The work will look at the process of DNA damage and repair of cancer cells during cancer treatments.

North West Cancer Research funds potentially lifesaving research at universities in Liverpool, Bangor and Lancaster that help to improve our understanding of cancer and how to better detect, treat and prevent it. The cancer research which it supports directly benefits people living in the North West and North Wales.

The charity encourages applications for funding on a bi-annual basis. To ensure only the highest quality of research is funded, each application is extensively considered and peer reviewed by a specially selected scientific committee comprising of leading professors, award winning scientists and pioneering professionals.

More information on North West Cancer Research and its research strategy can be found online.

Non-suspicious death in a Southport Hotel room

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that enquiries are being carried out to establish how a man whose body was found at the Scarisbrick Hotel, in Southport. Police Officers were called to the Scarisbrick Hotel, at 2.10pm, on 2 August 2016, by staff who had become concerned about a guest who they had not seen for several days. When entry was gained to the hotel room, the body of a man aged in his 20's was found in the bathroom. Detectives are not treating his death as suspicious, however further enquiries are being made before a file of evidence is passed to the coroner. A post mortem examination will be carried out in the coming days to establish a cause of death. Officers are currently trying to contact the man's next of kin to inform them of his death.

Leading business awards to be hosted by legendary Liverpool comic Ted Robbins

THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging local entrepreneurs to enter this year's FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan Business Awards, which are to take place on Thursday, 1 December 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool.

The awards, which will be hosted by Liverpool comedian and star of TV's Phoenix Nights and Benidorm, Ted Robbins, are now open for submissions. Business owners can submit entries via:- FSBMerseysideAwards.Co.UK until the deadline of Friday, 30 September 2016.

In all, 24 categories will celebrate and reward exceptional small businesses from across the region, including:- business of the year, and awards for customer service, environmental best practice, export success and sector specific categories.

There will also be a special 'FSB Connect' award for a young entrepreneur chosen from a shortlist of local university finalists. Both FSB members and non-members are welcome to enter.

Presented by the Federation of Small Business, together with Don't Panic Events, the awards ceremony is expected attract around 300 entrepreneurs and business owners and is set to be one of the region's premier business events.

Chris Burgess, Chairman of FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan, said:- "The FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan Business Awards are about recognising excellence and small business success across the region. As a leading lobbyist we fight on behalf of local entrepreneurs every day, but it is also a pleasure to reward them for their achievements in a range of categories. I am looking forward to recognising some exceptional businesses and the brains behind them. The awards ceremony will also present fantastic networking opportunities for everyone involved. Every small business in the region can apply and we look forward to receiving their applications."

Any questions about the entry process or awards should be directed to Becky Mellor via email.

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