The highlights of 2016

06 December 2016
Cliff OGorman

Our CEO, Cliff O’Gorman, takes this chance to thank you for your support in 2016 and to share some of our highlights.

I’m happy to tell you that 2016 has been another successful year for the charity. With your help, we’ve been able to award almost £1.8 million to fund important and innovative new research, with awards for another £2 - £3 million in the pipeline.

Throughout 2016, as well as funding research, we’ve funded welfare programmes to give much-needed support to children with cancer and their families. And we’ve continued our work to raise awareness of childhood cancer, drawing attention to the need to save more young lives and improve the quality of their survival.


Our plan for 2016 was to invest in the highest quality research - to improve the way we treat young patients with even the most difficult forms of cancer.

With your generous support we awarded £1.6 million to fund 10 new childhood cancer research projects. They were selected by our Scientific Advisory Panel for the real impact they can make in the fight against childhood cancer. They cover a range of cancer types – including brain tumours, lymphoma, leukaemia, neuroblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma.

These 10 projects will take forward our understanding of these cancers, how they develop and how we can treat them more effectively. We’ll be following their progress closely over the next three years.

Read more: £1.6 million to fund 10 new childhood cancer research projects

We also awarded two new Paul O'Gorman Post-doctoral Research Fellowships. Their aim is to improve diagnosis and to uncover new ways of treating certain cancers.

With our Fellowship scheme, we hope to identify ‘research leaders of the future’ and provide them with the support they need to develop a career in childhood cancer research, making sure their talents remain within the childhood cancer field.

Read more: Our Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

Lucas in hospitalYou may have seen mention of Neuroblastoma in the news recently. It’s a cancer that mainly affects very young children. You're helping us to fund research that aims to improve their chances of survival while minimising the adverse effects of their treatment.

Lucas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was born. Today, he is a happy, healthy little boy.

Read more: Lucas' story. 

Read more: Treatments for high risk neuroblastoma | ‘Seek and destroy’ system against neuroblastoma | Drug resistance in neuroblastoma

Childhood, teenage and young adult cancers is an area that desperately needs more research. This year we invited applications to fund new research projects that will deliver advances in the fight against childhood, teenage and young adult cancers. After careful selection, funding for this new research will be awarded in April next year.

Read more: Elliott's moving story illustrates one young man's determined battle with cancer.

Raising awareness

Professor David Walker,Our Brain Tumour Workshop in February was the perfect lead up to Brain Tumour Awareness Month in March. This workshop was the first workshop ever on the treatment of childhood brain tumours.

Take a look at Professor David Walker’s video as he explains the importance of our Brain Tumour Workshop.

During Brain Tumour Awareness Month we shared with you the life-saving work of our researchers, who are dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for childhood brain tumours.

Read more: The brain tumour research you’re helping to fund.

Thanks to your help in drawing attention to the need for increased funding for brain tumour research, in April MPs debated a report calling for increased funding for brain tumour research. We asked you to write to your local MPs for their support – and you did. As a result, the Health Minister has announced new measures for brain tumour research.

Read more: Increase in funding for brain tumour research.

In September, you wore our beautiful gold ribbon to show your support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month allowed us to highlight the impact of cancer on children, young people and their families. It gave us the opportunity to show how the life-saving work you're funding helps young cancer patients.

Charlotte wearing her medalThroughout September we shared patient stories, videos and podcasts to highlight what it's like to have childhood cancer and the life-saving impact research has. It came as a terrible shock to the Hutchinson family when their active 13 year old daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Click below to listen to Charlotte’s podcast as she talks about her experience.

Read more : September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Children explain science!

Louis and Grace translate the scienceFor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we got some amazing children to explain some of our life-saving research projects.

In their video, Grace and Louis translate for us Dr Zoë Walters' research. We’re so proud that this video has been nominated for a Charity Film Award.

Read more: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month videos and podcasts.

Telling the story and spreading the word

Part 1 of TV advertEvery day at least 10 children and young people get the news they have cancer. Our series of four TV adverts shows the devastation faced by a family as their daughter is diagnosed with cancer.

Take a look at part 1 of our 4 part story as Amy and her family face Amy's diagnosis.

We’re so pleased that part 2 of our TV story has been nominated for a Charity Film Award.

Read more: You can watch our 4 part TV story here

Getting the researchers together

Our Scientific Conference in September gave scientists from around the world the opportunity to look at how we can make advances in the treatment of childhood cancer. Read our new five point plan on what needs to be done to make precision medicine a reality by 2020.

Read more: Our five point plan  

Our 2017 Conference is scheduled for next September.

Fun and fundraising

Mr man and CWC bannerWe're delighted to be working in partnership with Mr. Men Little Miss once more, following our original 15 year partnership from 1996 - 2011.

Once again our runners, cyclists, trekkers and swimmers will be a part of our Mr. Men Little Miss Team, while schools and children’s groups across the country are taking part in the Mr. Men Little Miss Challenges

Brand new is our Mr. Men Little Miss Virtual Run and next year our Bake club will take on Mr. Men Little Miss identity. We're very excited to welcome back Mr. Men Little Miss.

Read more: Mr. Men Little Miss partnership

Linda RobsonOur famous friends continue to lend their support

This year, Paul Young's Spring Grand Draw, Brenda Blethyn's Summer Grand Draw and Sir David Jason’s Christmas Grand Draw have all given you the chance to win £40,000 cash or two cars - while raising the all- important funds we need to continue our vital work.

And our dear friend Linda Robson has lent her support to Linda's Lottery, which has 100 weekly prizes of £1,000 and Super Draws for £40,000.

Read more: Sir David Jason’s Christmas Grand Draw | Linda's Lottery

You continue to lend your support

The many and varied ways you support us and children with cancer never ceases to amaze us. 1,400 of you ran this year’s London Marathon, raising £2.8 million so far. Astounding! And 900 of you came to our annual Children with Cancer Ball and raised an astonishing £610,000 while wining, dining and dancing the night away.

You continue to run and trek and bake and climb and come up with many, many fun and ingenious ways to help children with cancer. You are amazing and you’ve helped to make this a successful and memorable year. Thank you.

Cliff O’Gorman
CEO Children with Cancer


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