A month ago, we brought you our latest charity challenge, Walk with Lisa, and we’re delighted to share Lisa’s amazing fundraising progress.
In February 2019, Lisa was diagnosed with Triple Negative Stage 3 Breast Cancer. After completing two major surgeries, 8 months of chemotherapy and many sad and difficult complications along the way, Lisa wanted to give something back. Although she wasn’t in a position to run in this year’s Race for Life, Lisa completed the 5k walk joined by her husband, Kieran, and their sausage dogs!
A month ago, Lisa had raised an impressive £560 and we asked our colleagues and team members to join in, completing their own walks and donating what they could to Lisa’s fundraising page. After everyone’s efforts, we’re now delighted to announce that this figure currently sits at an incredible £1,960, plus over £400 in Gift Aid!
Lisa said: “I’m overwhelmed by the response to my fundraising: I couldn’t have imagined raising such a fantastic amount. All cancer research funding is significantly down this year, so thank you so much to everyone that has contributed.”
Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK, with almost 140 women diagnosed every day, and, although rarer, around 350 men are also diagnosed with breast cancer every year. With advancements in research and treatments, more than two-thirds of women now survive 20 years or more, yet this vital research is currently under threat. The latest figures from the UK’s National Cancer Research Institute project a devastating 24% drop – worth an estimated £167m – in the UK’s overall cancer research spending this year, driven by a 46% fall in charity sector funding. As charities provide 66% of UK public investment into cancer and cardiovascular research, the potential impact of this cannot be underestimated.
A big thank you to everyone who has joined in the walk and to those who have also donated money to the fundraising total. We might all currently be apart geographically, but it’s been wonderful to see so many members of the team get involved and show their support in different ways.
If you’re in a financial position to donate to Lisa’s funding page, you can do so here. Every donation, no matter what the size, makes a big impact.