Yorkshire Cancer Research
Yorkshire Cancer Research is Yorkshire’s cancer charity. They have been working to reduce the impact of cancer in Yorkshire for almost 100 years.
Their goal is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer in Yorkshire by 2,000 every year. To achieve this, they need to invest £10m a year in groundbreaking initiatives.
Nearly 600 people are told they have cancer every week in our county. There are many issues facing Yorkshire when it comes to cancer, and some of these issues can be tackled on a local level.
Working in partnership with universities, hospitals, councils and other health organisations, Yorkshire Cancer Research funds lifesaving research and services in three key areas:
- Preventing cancer
- Increasing early diagnosis
- Improving treatments
From supporting people to reduce their risk of developing cancer, to encouraging more people to take part in the national cancer screening programmes, to finding the best treatments from across the globe and bringing them to Yorkshire, the charity is having a direct impact on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Cancer Research is currently funding a lung screening trial in Leeds that has so far checked more than 4,000 people for early signs of lung disease. Lung health checks are carried out in a mobile unit which travels to supermarkets and shopping centres, making it easier for people to take part.
The charity is also funding a pioneering exercise programme for people living with and after cancer. Exercise after a cancer diagnosis can help recovery from surgery, reduce side effects from treatment and, in some cases, prevent cancer returning.
As the Tour de Yorkshire’s official charity for 2020, Yorkshire Cancer Research has launched the ‘Shift Gears on Cancer’ campaign aimed at encouraging communities throughout the region to come together and help spread the word about the charity and its work by volunteering and fundraising during the event.
The charity is also offering people with a personal experience of cancer the opportunity to cycle the final kilometre of the official Tour de Yorkshire route each day.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s commercial director Peter Dodd said: “We’re delighted that Yorkshire Cancer Research is this year’s charity partner. As we always say the Tour de Yorkshire is so much more than a bike race and this is one of the ways it can really help make a difference.
“Every family is affected by cancer either directly or indirectly and it’s great to be able to raise awareness of the great work Yorkshire Cancer Research does across the county. The chance for people recovering from or living with cancer to ride the final kilometre of the race and cross the same finish line as the pro cyclists is a wonderful symbol of hope and achievement.”
Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire brilliantly showcases the community spirit we’re so proud of in our county. This distinctive spirit is the inspiration behind our final kilometre ride and our ambition to celebrate life with and after cancer. It’s also a great way to promote the benefits of exercise after a diagnosis of cancer. We’re honoured to be part of this incredible annual spectacle.
“Whether it’s taking part in one of our special rides, volunteering during the weekend or organising a community fundraising event, we’re hoping everyone will come together to help more people avoid and survive cancer.”
To find out how you can get involved, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/shiftgears