'James Bond' Charity Ball - Charities 2014

The 2014 Charity Ball will divide all monies raised between The Cancer Research Centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire and Teenage Cancer Trust, whilst the proceeds of the raffle will be donated to Myton Hospice.


The Cancer Centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire

 

Thanks to you and our sponsor’s generosity at last year’s ball, we were able to give £10,650 to help complete the building of the new research unit, which houses 29 research staff and covers the whole population of Warwickshire.

Professor Bob Grieve, head of clinical oncology at the hospital said "Our sincerest thanks for supporting the Cancer Centre at the UHCW once more. We are enormously grateful to you and everyone involved in the fund raising effort".

The opening of the research centre, which cannot be funded from existing NHS resources, enables important research studies to test how effective new treatments are compared to existing ones.

In 2008/09, the work at UHCW headed by Prof Grieve, was successful in recruiting 8.2% of patients (391) for randomised trials, which was the highest level in the country. Nationally the average was 5.3%.

   

Prof Grieve said to us "The opening of the new Cancer Research Centre will allow us to build upon this foundation and enable us to expand our activities to include Phase I and II trials of novel drugs and compounds, which we have not previously been able to do because of lack of facilities".

"A key area of development in oncology is the interaction of new radiotherapy techniques designed to improve local cancer control and attempt to reduce toxicities. One of these areas is called IMRT which we will be bringing into the treatment of breast cancer. This involves a lot of physics and radiographer time to implement and we have recently appointed a radiotherapy radiographer to be responsible for this work. Inevitably there will be a lot of costs associated with this and in particular "add-ons" to our existing radiotherapy machines, which currently are not funded directly through research grants; we therefore have to rely on fund raising efforts such as yours in order to introduce these new techniques".

Half of the monies raised at this year’s Ball will be donated to help purchase this vital new equipment. Prof Grieve has kindly allowed us to donate any equipment in the memory of Karen Baker. Karen was on our committee for the last two Balls but sadly passed away in August 2009 at the age of 39, following her 5 year fight against Cancer.


Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity which focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer and which develops specialist units within NHS hospitals where young people can be treated together in an environment tailored for them.

Cancer is the most common cause of non-accidental death in teens and young adults in the UK. Over 21 years Teenage Cancer Trust has learned a lot about what it's like to be a young person with cancer - their unique emotional, physical and practical needs. There's never a good time to get cancer, but young people can get some of the most aggressive and rare forms of cancer. Their rapidly changing bodies can work against them, enabling the cancer to grow faster. The emotional upheaval of adolescence can make cancer even harder to cope with. So Teenage Cancer Trust develops specialist units within NHS hospitals where young people can be treated together in an environment tailored for them.

Teenage Cancer Trust grew out of the dedication and passion of a group of women who discovered the plight of teenagers with cancer by chance. Whilst fundraising for a childrens intensive care unit they met a mother whose 13 year old who had been treated for cancer either in a children's ward or alongside old people. This resulted in isolation from his peers due to the long and frequent stays in hospital that are often necessary to treat the rare and aggressive cancers of teenagers. They set out to provide a "teenage environment" and Teenage Cancer Trust's first specialist unit was opened on 22 November 1990. To date Teenage Cancer Trust has funded, developed and opened 17 units across the UK which are supporting young people and their families. The charity anticipates that the concentration of medical expertise within the units can improve chances of recovery by 15%. The units are dedicated areas for teenage patients, who are involved in their concept and creation.