Support

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

You may wish to fundraise yourself, with family and friends or within your local group. Whatever the idea, be it large or small, we know you will have a great time raising vital funds for Big C.

Did you know we have 12 charity shops across Norfolk including a dedicated Craft Supplies Shop, Furniture Emporium, Bridal and a high-end fashion Boutique? We are always looking for high quality donations.

Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers including in our Support Centres, shops and at our Fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to spend some free time, meet new people, and gain experience.

Help us build a new Cancer Support Centre in Norwich. Support our vision to bring greater cancer care nearer to home. Donate now.

Major Local Research Grants Announced by Big C

Major Local Research Grants Announced by Big C

Norfolk’s cancer charity Big C, has announced major grant awards for two cancer research projects taking place at Norwich Research Park, totalling over £200,000.

From L-R – Prof. Colin Cooper Dr Stephen Robinson Dr Lindsay Hall and Dr Daniel Brewer

Norfolk’s cancer charity Big C, has announced major grant awards for two cancer research projects taking place at Norwich Research Park, totalling over £200,000.

The charity received 14 research grant applications during the annual round, which were open to all research projects with a benefit to cancer patients, whether quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodology. Applications were subject to peer reviews and consideration by a Research Advisory Panel of independent scientific experts and Big C trustees, which decided on the grant awards.

One of the projects which has secured funding is by Dr Lindsay Hall from the Quadram Institute, working with Dr Stephen Robinson at the University of East Anglia. The research will look at the role of the gut microbiota in breast cancer and explore some evidence that the bacteria which naturally live in our gut can have an impact on surviving breast cancer.

The second by Dr Dan Brewer working with Professor Colin Cooper at the Bob Champion Research and Education Building at the UEA will research into discovering new sub types of cancer. Dividing the disease in to groups is important to help predict survival, inform treatment options and suggest new drug treatment strategies to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. The research will look at applying a computerised approach to big data to identify and characterise new sub types of disease.

Dr Lindsay Hall says “We are delighted that Big C has given us the opportunity to profile the gut microbiota of breast cancer patients as they go through their treatment. We see these studies at the forefront of understanding how our gut microbes impact on disease outcomes, and data generated will prove crucial for development of new cancer therapies.”

Dr Dan Brewer says, “I am really thankful to Big C and all the volunteers and fundraisers that support them for this exciting opportunity to apply cutting edge mathematical techniques to help define novel subgroups of cancer. This funding will also enable us to train a world-class scientist at the key interface between cancer and bioinformatics who will have all the skills required to continue cancer research in this era of big data and personalised medicine.”

Dr Chris Bushby, Chief Executive at Big C, said “Everyday Big C is helping to discover more ways to understand and effectively treat cancer. We are extremely proud to fund ground-breaking projects taking place right here in Norfolk at the world-renowned Norwich Research Park. The calibre of the work and those involved is exciting and none of this funding would be possible without public support within the region.”

The funding for all Big C research grants comes directly as a result of donations, legacies and fundraising initiatives from both individuals in the local community and corporate supporters. Big C also has 13 retail outlets across Norfolk and Waveney.

To learn more about the work Big C does to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney, please visit www.big-c.co.uk

Take me to a different section...

Find out how Big C can support you and your family if you’ve been affected by cancer.

We can help to improve your quality of life, physical health, and mental wellbeing.

Some people take to the skies, run, jump, walk, swim and cycle whilst others make tea, bake cakes or shave heads.

What will you do to make a difference?

Two men from Norfolk who found themselves with cancer and having to travel for treatment, vowed local people would have access to the best treatment and support … and in 1980 the Big C Appeal was formed.