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New cycles lanes funding announced

Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced £836,000 of extra funding for cycle lanes.

This is good news if you happen to live in one of the areas that will benefit: Blackpool, Bristol, Cambridge, Colchester, Darlington, Derby, Exeter, Leighton Linslade, South Gloucestershire, Southend, Shrewsbury, Woking or York.

At World Cancer Research Fund we welcome any new money for cycle lanes.

This is because there is strong evidence that improving access to cycle lanes can make a real difference in increasing levels of physical activity, which is important for cancer prevention.

You only have to look at the examples of Amsterdam and … Continue Reading

London charity events for cancer prevention

London charity events

London charity events: raising money for cancer prevention

We often get calls at this time of year asking which London charity events people can take part in to raise money for our cancer prevention work.

Perhaps it’s something to do with the change in the weather or simply that people realise this is the time of year when London charity events start to come thick and fast.

The good news is that if you are interested in taking part in charity events in … Continue Reading

A budget for charities?

2012 chancellor of the exchequer red case

The Chancellor's famous red case

On the face of it, the Chancellor’s Budget looks like good news for charities, with the promise of a change in inheritance tax to boost charitable bequests and the relaxation of Gift Aid rules to cut red tape.

But, as with most things, the devil is in the detail and we must wait to read the fine print on Mr Osborne’s latest pronouncements before being able to say with certainty what the advantages to a charity like … Continue Reading

Success at Science Communication Awards

Science Communication Awards

WCRF UK's Annual Review was Highly Commended in the 2011 Science Communication Awards

It’s always nice to have your work recognised by your peers, so I was really pleased to attend last week’s Science Communication Awards.

The awards are held every two years and are organised by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

Attending the event was a great chance to talk to people from other organisations about some of the work World Cancer Research Fund is doing.

The awards celebrate the best and most … Continue Reading

Post grad student fronts mail campaign

WCRF at London Marathon

James Felce before running the 2010 London Marathon for WCRF

Oxford student James Felce has been picked to help launch a fundraising campaign for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) because of his devoted support following the loss of his mother.

The 23-year-old raised more than £3,550 when he ran for us in the London Marathon last year – just eight months after his mum Anne died from leukaemia at the age of 54.

Now he features in a mailing being sent to thousands of homes around … Continue Reading

Is it OK to have a big waist?

Waist size: linked to cancer

Waist size: linked to cancer

There is a lot in the media today about a new study that has raised doubt about the idea that people with a big waist are more at risk of heart disease than people whose fat is more evenly distributed.

Obviously, the issue of heart disease risk is outside our remit as a cancer charity.

But whatever the truth about waist size and heart disease risk, from a cancer prevention point of view there is already … Continue Reading

London fun run for cancer charity

Can you Beat the Banana?

Can you Beat the Banana?

We have announced that our Beat the Banana! fun run in Hyde Park will this year take place on Thursday, May 12.

Held in Cancer Prevention Week, the event is a 5km run that involves participants chasing a life-sized banana around the course and trying to beat it to the finish line.

Last year’s run was the biggest in the event’s history and this year we are hoping to raise even more money to help … Continue Reading