What your money can do

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Cancer Research UK pioneers life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. We don’t receive government funding for our research, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated by our supporters.

Our scientists, doctors and nurses are leading the world in discovering new ways to fight cancer and we’ve helped double survival rates in just 40 years. But we can’t stop there.

Our progress is your progress. We’re leading pioneering, life-saving research in the relentless fight against all cancers, to create more tomorrows.

Find out how money raised at Shine is helping to turn lab discoveries at the Barts Cancer Institute in London into cancer treatments:

How your money can help

Did you know that 80p in every pound you raise goes directly towards our work to beat cancer? Here are some examples of how your contribution – big or small – can help:


  • £10 of your sponsorship could help buy enough glass slides for a scientist to examine 910 tumour samples down a microscope. Studying tumour samples in minute detail could reveal new causes of cancer or new ways to treat it.
  • If you raise £94, you could cover the cost for one woman to take part in a clinical trial, aiming to improve survival for early-stage breast cancer.
  • If you raise £136, it could help buy 1,000 special sterile dishes for scientists to grow cancer cells in the lab. This helps them understand how the disease develops, answering fundamental research questions that could lead to more breakthrough discoveries.
  • Raise £157 and you could cover one year’s costs for a man taking part in a study to tackle the long-term side effects of chemotherapy for testicular cancer.
  • If you raise £247, you could fund one man to take part in a study, looking at potential screening tests for men at high risk of prostate cancer.
  • £2,979 of sponsorship could cover the basic costs for one patient to take part in a clinical trial to improve treatment for head and neck cancer. This trial is testing if a new way of delivering radiotherapy can help reduce hearing loss, a common side effect of treatment, improving the lives of people with the disease.

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