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University encouraging communities to support ‘1in2 Day’ fundraising campaign

Nottingham Trent University is encouraging people from across the region to support its annual 1in2 Day in aid of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

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All the money received from donations goes towards supporting the crucial research at the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre

The campaign – which takes place on Friday 9 March - is named 1in2 Day because research has predicted that half of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during our lifetime.

The university is urging businesses, organisations and the community to join in with the fundraising, which will support and raise awareness of the centre’s vital work.

Fundraising events - which can be organised in the run up to Friday 9 March, or on the day itself - have previously included climbing the equivalent height of Snowdon on a climbing wall, car washes, ‘office Olympics’ and traditional cake sales.

All the money received from donations goes towards supporting the crucial research at the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, which is based at the university’s Clifton Campus.

Stephen Knott, Alumni and Community Giving Officer at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The incredible support we receive from our local community is so important to us. We work with local clinicians and patient groups to make a difference and it is fantastic that so many local people and organisations are able to join with us to advance this vital work.”

The centre has been involved in a number of recent breakthroughs, including developing a simple blood test which can confirm the presence or absence of prostate cancer. This could help remove the need for unnecessary invasive and painful biopsies.

Scientists and clinicians have also identified a breast cancer protein which indicates whether a patient is likely to respond to a particular type of therapy.

Other projects includes paving the way to better understand how prostate cancer spreads around the body and the development of a new vaccine to target the most deadly form of brain tumour.

Professor Graham Pockley, Director of the university’s John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, said: “Over the past five years 1in2 Day has been a great success. I have been impressed by the ingenuity and dedication of the local community in joining together to raise thousands of pounds to support this vital research.

“My hope is that the community will join us this year to make 1in2 Day an even greater success, as well as considering how they might potentially support our work throughout the year.”

The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre works closely with front-line clinical staff and patient groups at hospitals across the East Midlands and around the world, with the aim of developing effective ways to better diagnose and treat all cancers.

To find out how you can support 1in2 Day please email call 0115 848 8807.

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    Nottingham Trent University was named University of the Year 2017 at the Times Higher Education Awards and Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, overall student experience and engagement with employers.

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the highest, gold, rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding teaching and learning.

    NTU is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving. 

    NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.

    With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

Published on 20 February 2018
  • Subject area: Sciences including sport sciences
  • Category: Press office; Research; John van Geest Cancer Research Centre; School of Science and Technology