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ACT supporters raise over £100,000 for the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital in just one weekend!

Earlier this month, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s (ACT) amazing supporters pulled out all the stops with three magnificent fundraising events raising more than £100,000 for the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital.

The funds raised will help to change the story of cancer, bringing together clinical and research expertise in a new, world-class hospital, designed in partnership with patients. This new hospital will detect cancer earlier, treat it more precisely, and save more lives. The breakthroughs and innovations this hospital will deliver will change the way we detect and treat cancer far beyond Cambridge, bringing hope to millions of people.

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David Bateson, one of the charity’s star fundraisers, has been receiving immunotherapy at Addenbrooke’s for cancer and is thankfully now cancer-free.  On the Friday, he raised £23,000 for the cancer hospital by holding an ambitious silent auction and raffle with prizes including signed Messi and Luton Town shirts and a signed Christiano Ronaldo football boot. This, along with the money raised from a football match he organised in the summer, brings David’s fundraising total to an incredible £50,000 raised.

David Bateson holding auction prize

David said: “What a great night! I want to say a massive thank you to all those who supported it. Receiving my good news makes fundraising for the cancer hospital even more important to me. Without the advances in new drug treatments, I just wouldn’t be here now. Raising the money to build this new hospital is so crucial for all of us now and in the future.”

Also on the Saturday, Vicky Gammon’s family and friends hosted an unforgettable fundraising dinner and raffled some fabulous prizes in memory of Vicky who sadly passed away in 2019. They raised almost £11,000 for the cancer hospital.

Then, on the Sunday to round off a brilliant weekend, the popular TTP Cambridge Half Marathon saw 130 #TeamAddenbrooke’s runners along with 13,000 others pounding the pavements through the colleges of Cambridge, raising over £65,000 for the new cancer hospital.

Donna Lee-Willis, ACT Head of Community Fundraising, said: “What a weekend! We are so grateful to our wonderful fundraisers for all their dedication into making these wonderful events a success. Thanks to their efforts the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital is one step closer. People like you are changing the story of cancer.”

To find out more about the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital and how you can fundraise to make it a reality please click here.