Letter: Fundraising supports vital research

Yorkshire Cancer Research would like to thank everyone who has supported the charity during the past 12 months.

For more than 90 years, people in Yorkshire have raised money to fund cancer research projects right here in our county.

Together, we have made a huge contribution to the global fight against cancer, from funding the early development of breast and ovarian cancer drug Tamoxifen to enabling huge advances in surgery for bowel cancer.

As a region, we can be very proud of the achievements we have made over the past nine decades. More people than ever now survive cancer, and we have made significant progress in our understanding of the disease.

However, as we look towards the next 10 years, we believe that there has never been a more important time to make a major investment in improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire.

Around 30,000 people in Yorkshire are told they have cancer every year, and this is set to double by 2030, so there will be twice as many people needing access to the best treatments and long-term care.

In addition, people in Yorkshire are more likely to get cancer, and more likely to die from it, than almost anywhere else in England.

This means even more when we consider that the UK has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Western Europe.

We could save 2,000 lives every year if Yorkshire matched the best performing local authority in England.

So we’ve committed to spending £100m over the next 10 years to achieve this by 2025, but we need everyone’s help.

We can all be part of the dream. There are so many ways to get involved and join Team Yorkshire in 2016, and you can find out more by visiting www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire. We appreciate each and every minute you spend raising funds for our vital work and as we move into the new year, I ask that you continue to support us with your time and with your donations.

We believe every single person in every community in and around Yorkshire should have the very best chance of living a long and healthy life with, without and beyond cancer and your donations will help us achieve that goal quicker.

Julia Clark,

director of fundraising,

Yorkshire Cancer Research