Local cancer heroes urging others to join
their fundraising fight
A group of fundraisers from the Sefton area are looking for local people
to pledge their support and help them raise money for life saving cancer
Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer
and 1 in 3 of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.
The Sefton based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is
now looking for volunteers to join its group, to act as regional cancer heroes
and raise money for cancer research.
Jim Brown set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer
support group:- 'The Daisy Chain' for 12 years. Wanting to widen
his support for cancer based charities, he set up the fundraising group for
North West Cancer Research, with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.
Jim who has lived in the Sefton area all his life, was 1st inspired to work with
local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer 5
years ago. Jim said:- "When we got Joan's cancer diagnosis, it was a
shock for us all. , but thanks to treatment, which included surgery,
chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she's now doing much better; although she still
suffers from post treatment health problems today. Watching her go through her
treatment was hard, but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was
then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for
them and their loved ones. Research is an incredibly important part of the
cancer journey. It's more than just finding a cure for cancer, but it's
also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer , but are easier for
patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side effects that many
treatments do today. I've been to the research labs at the North West Cancer
Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity
supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and
encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already
The Sefton based group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise
money for this life saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help
organise fundraising events in the local community. Jim added:- "Our
aim is to have a group of around seven volunteers; although more are always
welcome. We are looking for people who can generate fresh and exciting
fundraising ideas, people who have a genuine desire to help support cancer
research. You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any
contri, bution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight
North West Cancer Research is one of the biggest independent funders of cancer
research in the Sefton and Merseyside region. It has committed to funding more
than ₤13million worth of research over the next 5 years.
Money raised by fundraisers like the Sefton group will support research such as
a 2 year project looking at the role of a protein in causing drug resistance in
the treatment of melanoma, and a clinical trial which will help improve the
treatment of bile duct cancer.
To find out more how to become a volunteer for North West Cancer Research you
can contact Jim Brown via
email or by calling:- 01704 574787. You can
also visit:- NWCR.Org
for more details.