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Norfolk's Cancer Charity celebrates 35 years

Norfolk’s Cancer charity celebrates 35 years

Big C, the charity that has helped ensure thousands of cancer patients receive treatment close to home last night (Thursday January 28) launched its 35th anniversary celebrations and thanked the generous people of Norfolk and Waveney for their many contributions to reaching £25million in that time.

Chief Executive Dr Christopher Bushby, speaking at the launch, praised the effort of so many individuals from Norfolk and Suffolk who have fund raised over days, months and years to support better outcomes for those affected by cancer. 

“Without all the Cuppa parties, marathons, triathlons, ploughing matches, balls and many, many more ingenious fund-raising events Big C would not have been able to contribute so much to the help cancer patients and their families across the region,” he said. “But there is still much more work to do, however, because we have such a strong history hopefully we can achieve more in less time.”

He pledged that Big C would continue to develop and expand its support and information centres, continue its world class research - Big C helped fund the Bob Champion Centre where the event was held and where important research into causes and treatments of prostate cancer is taking place. Investment in diagnostic and medical equipment in the region’s hospitals, and expanding its retail operation are part of the ongoing plans. He also announced the start of a new educational programme to develop career pathways among schools and colleges and universities. 

Addressing an audience of 200 comprising dignitaries, corporate and private supporters, Big C trustees, representatives of the Norwich Research Park, the media and representatives from regional charities, Dr Bushby thanked David Moar MBE, the co-founder, for his vision in 1980 for bringing cancer treatment closer to home, and life vice president Theresa Cossey for her energetic fund-raising and encouraging Big C to open its first shop.  

The audience was shown a film of Big C’s development during the 35 years, focusing on David’s story, key milestones in fund-raising and purchasing of vital facilities, equipment and research.

He also urged the audience to get involved in one of the many events planned throughout the year from hosting a Cuppa party to joining the Dawn Chorus Walk, Firewalk or the Big C Big (parachute) Jump.

Prior to the presentation, an anniversary cake was cut and a cheque for £2,000 presented to Big C on behalf of Jarrolds by marketing manager Carole Slaughter and charity coordinator Suzie Abel. The amount was raised through donations of 5p from sales of carrier bags, in compliance with the Government initiative introduced in October 2015. In recognition of the Big C’s 35th year, Jarrolds pledged to continue donating the monies from the sale of plastic bags throughout all of 2016 to support the charity.

For details of how you can be involved and support Big C’s 35th year events contact us - 01603 619900

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