As we kick off our 20th anniversary year, we’ve unveiled a new fundraising campaign to mark our “dreaming big” vision for North-east cancer care.
As a charity, we have pledged £1 million to the University of Aberdeen Development Trust as a key contribution to the University’s ambitious 5 year proposal, totalling in excess of £4million, to advance oncology research in the North-east of Scotland.
Our long-standing partnership with the University of Aberdeen has escalated to this greater level of commitment in a bid to attract and recruit a world-class oncology research team to the region. It is anticipated that a team of academics with a track record of high quality research in the field of oncology can be recruited to work alongside other outstanding research groups currently active in Aberdeen.
Professor Henry Watson, Friends of ANCHOR Trustee and Consultant Haematologist comments; “This ambitious plan will identify oncology research as a top priority for Aberdeen. With the planned opening of the new ANCHOR Centre in 2020 there will be a marked improvement in the way we deliver cancer care on the Foresterhill site.
“This exciting development combined with the improved provision of clinical services represents an overall strengthening of oncology as a specialty in the North East of Scotland.
“The appointment of an outstanding oncology research team within the University on the same campus will bring many benefits. This type of development would be anticipated to strengthen all aspects of oncology practice from the basic scientific research to the recruitment and retention of high quality clinical staff, trainees and nurses. Ultimately that success results in improved clinical care for patients with cancer.”
Professor Steve Heys, Head of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at the University and a Breast Cancer Surgeon who has spearheaded the oncology research team proposal comments; “The support of Friends of ANCHOR is second to none and will be pivotal in helping us achieve our goal of establishing Aberdeen as a centre for world-class cancer research.
“Such a centre will enable the University and NHS Grampian to attract and retain first-class academic and clinical staff and so contribute to clinical excellence through patient care and participation in clinical trials.
“Partnership with Friends of ANCHOR in such a vital area is a major driver for success and the results of our joint endeavour will be of immense benefit to the local community and beyond for many years to come.”
Having a dedicated oncology research team in place will put the University of Aberdeen in a position to galvanise major research projects and become recognised within the UK as a leading centre and institution for cancer research to attract significant funding. NHS Grampian is known for its strong portfolio of lung cancer trials and with the recruitment of the oncology research team opportunities for participation in clinical trials for many more patient groups is expected to significantly increase.
Our funding pledge comes in our 20th anniversary year since the charity was founded.
Friends of ANCHOR Chairman, James Milne, comments; “As a charity we continue to take bold steps that we believe will help pioneer and drive haematology and cancer care forward. This ambitious proposal is in line with our ‘dreaming big’ vision we’ve set in our 20th anniversary year of Friends of ANCHOR.
“We already have a strong oncology research base to be proud of in Aberdeen but this huge commitment will bring us another step forward in delivering profound and lasting improvements for patient care in the North-east of Scotland.
“In order to raise this huge amount for the project we’ll need support from right across the community – from fundraisers to corporates and significant philanthropic individuals. This is Friends of ANCHOR’s most ambitious fundraising drive yet and we’re looking forward to garnering the support of individuals and groups throughout the North-east to help make this dream for cancer research a reality. ”
Pictured (L-R): Dr Zofia H. Miedzybrodzka, Professor Steve Heys, Professor Henry Watson, James Milne