Oracle Cancer Trust
Dear friends and supporters, I hope you have enjoyed reading our regular Newsletters, keeping you up to date with events and research progress, so welcome to 2013!
Last year concluded with another memorable 'Glory of Christmas Concert', which many felt was one of our best so far. We were especially delighted to welcome Claire Jones, the Royal Harpist who generously gave up her time from a busy schedule to play Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols' with the choir. Many remember her from last year when she played at the Royal Wedding and it was perhaps appropriate that on the evening of our concert, we heard the announcement that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was expecting a Royal baby for 2013!
2012 was another eventful year for Oracle. As many of you know, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra has been a wonderful supporter of the Charity for over 10 years and has attended several Christmas concerts and other Oracle functions. I was delighted to announce at the concert that she has offered to become the Royal Patron of Oracle Cancer Trust. This is indeed a great honour for us and a wonderful endorsement and recognition of our research efforts and of your support.
Our research continues to expand with a large number of publications and new projects, and we are delighted that our efforts have been recognised and rewarded with the appointment in September of Chris Nutting and Kevin Harrington as Professors. I am sure you will all join to offer them and all the research team our sincere congratulations.
Without our supporters however, none of this would be possible, and we are very grateful. For instance, this year we have been able to establish a new Bender Head and Neck Research Fellowship for one of our research projects, thanks to the very generous sponsorship of Roger and Sarah Bender, their family and their company, Prestige Cars and Couriers. More about that in our research update.
As we all know, these are difficult financial times and Oracle's future is very much in the balance. There are many research projects that we would like to undertake, but our resources are limited and will only fund the current research programme for a further three years. We have to think and plan for the future, and in this Newsletter I wanted to share with you some thoughts about what Oracle Cancer Trust means to us, what we are aiming to achieve in the next three years and how we intend to do it.
I would encourage you to look at the details of our forthcoming events in 2013. It is going to be a busy year with hopefully something for everyone. It includes a golf day at Burhill on 25th April, a day at Ascot on 1st May and a joint concert with the Royal Marsden Hospital on 19th September at the Royal Albert Hall.
Those of you who came to our Summer Party a few years ago in the Garden of Westminster Abbey will be pleased to learn that this is being held again on 18th June and I hope that this will become a regular summer event in this stunning venue.
With best wishes for 2013,
Peter Rhys Evans
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