Projects will benefit from Big C funding

Norfolk and Waveney cancer charity the Big C has announced the projects which will benefit from �339,000 of their funding.

The regional charity which funds equipment, research, care and support into cancer has announced that schemes at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and University of East Anglia are to benefit.

Twice a year it gives out grants from the money it has raised, but with 25 applications in the spring amounting to �1.5m, they were unable to help them all.

Those successful include three projects at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as well as the Big C Centre, and three research projects at the UEA.

The projects include funding to help buy test material to help treat children suffering with brain tumours, equipment to deliver high doses of radiotherapy to tumours within the brain, a less invasive surgical procedure to help lung cancer patients, the cancer research tissue bank, breast cancer molecule research and identification study.

Daniel Williams, chief executive officer of Big C, said he was delighted that they were able to award �267,504 to the projects, with the further money going to the Big C centre at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

He said: “Fundraising is challenging this year as it has been for the last couple of years.

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“We have been really pleased the Norfolk public is generous enough to allow us to do this.”

Mr Williams said that the strength of the applications were so high that they had to use reserves.

The money was raised from a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association show ball. The charity has also been chosen as the civic charity of Norwich Lord Mayor Jenny Lay.

Forthcoming fundraising events include Link Up Your Bra around Norwich Castle on September 7 and the Big Cycle at Holkham Hall on September 17.

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