Where your money goes...

With over 1 in 3 suffering from cancer at some point in their lives, and with someone diagnosed with cancer every 2 minutes, unfortunately it seems to touch most people, whether it be someone close to you, or even just a story in the press. Our number one aim is to raise as much money as we can for Cancer Research UK.

About Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. It supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,500 scientists, doctors and nurses.

Cancer Research is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer and their research has been at the heart of the progress that has seen survival rates for cancer double in the last 30 years.

But too many lives are still devastated by cancer. It's vital that their work, funded entirely by the public, continues.

What your money can buy

Here are some examples of how the money we raise can help more people beat cancer:

  • £61 could buy 500 petri dishes. Sterile dishes are used to grow cultures of cells for experiments.
  • £120 could buy around 40 thermometers (range -10°C to 110°C). These are indispensible for many experiments that need to be performed at very precise temperatures.
  • £300 could buy a water bath, a heatable tank of water which scientists use on a daily basis. Some reactions need to happen at particular temperatures. The thermostat on a bath can help maintain this from room temperature anywhere up to 95°C.
  • £550 could cover around a month’s running expenses for a clinical trial investigating a new way of giving hormone therapy to improve the treatment of prostate cancer.
  • £900 could pay for around one week’s supply of the drug pravastatin for the LungStar clinical trial. This trial aims to discover whether adding pravastatin to chemotherapy is beneficial for people with small cell lung cancer.
  • £2,600 could buy 10 sophisticated microarrays. These help scientists scrutinise thousands of genes in a single experiment. Microarrays are a powerful piece of gene technology which allow researchers to compare how active different genes are in cancer cells and healthy cells.
  • £4,000 could buy a -80°C freezer for long-term storage of biological samples.

Thanks to everyone who has continued to support Sparklets in their fight against cancer - we hope that you will continue to join us in supporting such a great cause.


Source of facts: Cancer Research UK website