Nottingham Forest legends to play lead role in cancer research fundraiser

Nottingham Forest legends Des Walker and John Robertson will be the special guests at a sell-out dinner organised in support of Nottingham Trent University's John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

Nottingham Forest legends Des Walker and John Robertson will be the special guests at a sell-out dinner organised in support of Nottingham Trent University's John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

The former players will share their stories and insights from their time at the club during the A Legendary Evening event on 30 October, which is organised by Condor International Events and being held in Nottingham Forest's Robin Hood Suite.

The evening will include a drinks reception, three-course meal and charity auction featuring a range of memorabilia, including a shirt and footballs donated by Nottingham Forest and signed by the current team. Guests will also have an opportunity to see the club boardroom as well as have their photograph taken with Des and John, and alongside club trophies.

Guests will also be joined by comedian Peter Emmett and local band Area 51.

Tickets have been sold for 'gold' and 'silver' tables of ten guests, as well as on an individual basis.

Money raised is going to the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, a unique purpose-built scientific facility at Nottingham Trent University which aims to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

This event demonstrates the strong support we have for the research we undertake to develop new diagnostics and therapies that benefit patients.

Professor Robert Rees, John van Geest Cancer Research Centre

The centre, on the University's Clifton campus, focuses on the diagnosis and management of breast and prostate cancers, and is developing vaccines and immunotherapies to enhance the survival rates and quality of life for cancer sufferers.

John played almost 400 league games for Nottingham Forest and scored the winning goal for the club in the 1980 European Cup final. Des played more than 300 league games for the club – and 59 times for England.

In 2004 he received an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University in recognition of his services to sport and for acting as an ideal role model on the field of play.

Paul McClure, Director of Condor International Events said: "We're really looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic event. We aim to raise funds and awareness for good causes, and as such the work of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre in 'cracking the cancer code' means a lot to us.

"Every penny the centre receives is spent on scientific staff and cancer research, and we'd like to play our part in helping to support their vital work."

Professor Robert Rees, the Director of Nottingham Trent University's John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, said: "This event demonstrates the strong support we have in Nottingham for the research we undertake to develop new diagnostics and therapies that benefit patients. We really appreciate the support from all involved in organising and hosting this event."

This is planned to be the first in a series of A Legendary Evening events run by Condor International Events in support of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

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    Nottingham Trent University's John van Geest Cancer Research Centre is a unique purpose-built scientific facility. Its aim is to save lives and speed recovery by improving the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

    The centre focuses on two key approaches to the treatment of patients with cancer:

    • Improving the diagnosis and management of breast and prostate cancers
    • Developing effective vaccines and immunotherapies that will significantly improve the survival rates and quality of life for cancer sufferers.

    Visit the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre website to find out more about its work, or to make a donation towards its vital scientific research.

Nottingham Forest legends to play lead role in cancer research fundraiser

Published on 14 October 2015
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