Hampstead Heath Walk 2014
This year, Cancerkin’s annual walk will take place on Sunday 8th June on Hampstead Heath. The change of location follows a suggestion from our Chairman that, as we are based right on the Heath’s doorstep, we should use our local green space! As the terrain of the Heath is more challenging than the paths of Hyde Park, there is both a 5km and 10km route to ensure the walk is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness.
We would love you join us with your friends, family and colleagues in June to help make this year’s walk the biggest walk yet. We welcome walkers, joggers and runners. Fresh fruit and drinks will be provided and please feel free to bring along a picnic to enjoy after the walk! Floris, the luxury perfumery, have also generously donated special prizes for the three walkers who raise the most sponsorship.
To register, simply download and complete the entry form below and return it to ‘Holly Lovering, The Cancerkin Centre, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG’ with an entry fee of £15 (under 16s are free). Alternatively, you can scan your completed form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download an Entry Form.
Each walker will receive a fundraising pack with sponsorship forms and your free Cancerkin T-shirt. One form and fee are required per person. If you want any further information, please contact Holly on email@example.com. or call 0207 830 2323.
We look forward to seeing you in June!
Cancerkin’s Annual Lecture 2014
The Annual Lecture was held on the 12th March and was a great success. Professor Justin Stebbing MD MA FRCP FRCPath PhD, Professor of Cancer Medicine and Medical Oncology at Imperial College and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust gave a fascinating lecture on how breast cancer treatment has developed over the past few decades, and what is to come in the future. He was joined by Aleksandra Filipovic, a Clinical Fellow at Imperial College, who discussed some of the underlying science in more depth, and Vanessa Carlos, a patient, who was able to give a “patient’s-eye view” on breast cancer treatment today.
It really was an inspiring lecture, which balanced both the science behind breast cancer treatment with the importance of the treating the patient as a person. Professor Stebbing also answered questions after the lecture, giving full and insightful comments on a number of topics.
For the first time, the lecture was completely booked, and we are glad that so many of you were able to hear such a captivating lecture. The comments we have heard from people who attended have all been overwhelmingly positive, and so we would like to say a big thank you to John Carrier, Cancerkin’s Chairman, for leading the evening and Tim Davidson, Cancerkin’s Medical Director for chairing the question and answer session. We would especially like to thank Professor Stebbing, Aleksandra Filipovic and Vanessa Carlos for what was a most enlightening and enjoyable talk.
Cancerkin Annual Lecture: “Breast Cancer: Where we were then and where we are now”
Cancerkin’s annual lecture will take place this year on Wednesday 12th March 2014. We are very pleased to announce that the lecture will be given by Professor Justin Stebbing MD MA FRCP FRCPath PhD. Here is his abstract:
We are at an inflection point in oncology and medicine with new diagnostics, imaging, surgical techniques and targeted therapies. This talk explains where we have come from, and now where we are going. We move through the era of trial and error, including lessons from other diseases, to explain how we can now personalise therapy. This result of this is that more than ever, we are treating the right person at the right time for the right tumour, with the right drugs. But we are not yet there. Will we ever arrive? This talk gives some insights into that elusive question.
Justin Stebbing is Professor of Cancer Medicine and Medical Oncology at Imperial College and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. His work focuses on new therapies in cancer, and the systemic management of patients with solid malignancies. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers as well as writing regularly for national newspapers. He also chairs the World Vaccine Congress and is on the editorial board of a number of world leading general medical and cancer journals.
The lecture will take place in the Atrium of the Royal Free Hospital and will begin at 6.30pm, with a drinks reception from 5.45pm. Drinks and nibbles will be served after the talk. To reserve a place, please download and completed the form below, and either send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or print and return it to “Holly Lovering, The Cancerkin Centre, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG“. Alternatively, you can call us on 0207 830 2323. Spaces are limited, so please confirm your attendance by Friday 28th February 2014.
Click here to download a RSVP Form.
We look forward to seeing you on the 12th March 2014.
Book your tickets to see Antony Sher in Hysteria at the Hampstead Theatre!
We are very excited to announce Cancerkin will be returning to the Hampstead Theatre on Monday 7th October 2013 to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Formal invitations will be sent out in the next few weeks, but we wanted to give our supporters a “save the date” message!
This year’s play is Hysteria. Set in 1938 in Hampstead, it follows Sigmund Freud (played by Antony Sher), who has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and is hoping to spend his final days in peace. However, when Salvador Dali turns up to discover a less than fully dressed woman in the closet, this peace becomes somewhat elusive.
An acknowledged Modern Classic, this hilarious farce explores the fall-out when two of the twentieth centuries most brilliant and original minds collide, while also questioning Freud’s radical revision of his theories of Hysteria.
Tickets can be purchased directly from Cancerkin. You will receive your invitation and reservation form in the post over the next few weeks or (if you just can’t wait!) you can either download and return the form below or contact Holly on email@example.com to make a booking.
Tickets will be sold at an “early bird” discount price of £45 until Friday 2st August 2013 (normal price £50), and, given the speed at which seats have sold out in previous years, we advise that you reserve early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any questions please contact Holly on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7830 2323.
Beacon on the Hill Saturday 22nd June 2013
There’s still time to sponsor a message before the Beacon gets lit on the 22nd June 2013.
As we announced last year, Cancerkin has linked up with world-renowned light artist Bruce Munro to create a lightshow honouring anyone affected by breast cancer, raising awareness and support for Cancerkin.
Inspired by the memory of a close friend lost to breast cancer many years ago, Bruce Munro (who was last week’s guest on Radio 3’s Private Passions) has created a modern day beacon, formed from 2730 plastic bottles. Measuring five metres wide and three metres high, “Beacon on the Hill” will be constructed bottle by bottle on a 288 metre chalk hill near Bath, and lit in Cancerkin’s colours of pink and blue. A huge physical challenge, it will take a week for a team of five to build this one-off installation, ensuring ‘Beacon’, and all it stands for, can be seen far into the distance.
So far, 2,400 bottles have been sponsored and £5,065 has been raised. The messages received have been so heartwarming and really show how people have responded to this project.
For as little as £1, you too can send a massage to someone close and help us to illuminate the night with your hopes, support and dedications. To light your light on this beacon, simply download and fill out the form below and e-mail it to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can print the form, and return it by post to The Cancerkin Center (Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG) or simply call Cancerkin on 020 7830 2323 to sponsor a bottle with your personal message.
Hyde Park Walk 2013
The Hyde Park Walk is our biggest event of the year, and will take place this year on Sunday 9th June 2013.
In 2012 our walkers raised an amazing £47,000, allowing us to continue to extend our support services to more people; this year we want to raise even more. We need £50,000 to continue to provide help to patients and their families in the future. The money raised will fund services such as soothing sessions of massage or reflexology for those dealing with chemotherapy and its disturbing side-effects. It will also go towards providing specialised treatment for women with the debilitating condition of lymphoedema. We need you to help us reach our ambitious target this year.
Join us with your friends, family and colleagues to help make the 10th Hyde Park Walk the biggest walk yet. The walk is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness, as you can walk, jog, or run the 10k course. We will be providing fresh fruit and drinks and you are welcome to bring along a picnic to make it the perfect day out.
To register, simply download and complete the entry form below and return it to us with an entry fee of £15 (under 16s are free) at ‘The Cancerkin Centre, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG’. One form and fee are required per person.
If you have any questions, please contact Holly, either on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7830 2323. We look forward to seeing you in June!
Annual Lecture 2013: “Wellbeing and work – are they compatible with chronic diseases?”
Cancerkin’s annual lecture will take place this year on Tuesday 19th March 2013 and we are very pleased to announce that the lecture will be given by Professor Dame Carol Black DBE MD FRCP MACP FMedSci, recently appointed Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.
Dame Carol has had a distinguished career, including serving as President of the Royal College of Physicians (2002-2006). She was also the first UK National Director for Health and Work and is currently chair of the Department of Health’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, Health at Work Network. Her lecture will focus on the impact that chronic disease has on wellbeing and work. Dame Carol is well known to Cancerkin having been a Consultant for Scleroderma and Medical Director at the Royal Free. She opened the Cancerkin Centre in October 2002.
The lecture will take place in the Atrium of the Royal Free Hospital and will begin at 6.30pm, with a drinks reception from 5.45pm. Drinks and nibbles will also be served after the talk. To reserve a place, please download, fill out and return the form below or alternatively email Holly Lovering at email@example.com. Spaces are limited, so please confirm your attendance by Friday 9th March 2013.
Cancerkin houses the only breast cancer specific lymphoedema clinic in the UK, providing treatment completely free for this painful, and commonly overlooked, side effect of breast cancer treatment. Often difficult to fund, the lecture is an opportunity to celebrate this achievement by raising funds for this very necessary service provided by Cancerkin. The lecture is free of charge, but any donations in support of the lymphoedema clinic would be very gratefully received. To donate, simply complete and return the form overleaf or bring it with you on the night.
We would love to see as many of you as possible for what is sure to be a fascinating lecture of relevance not least to those with breast cancer who are of working age.
Beacon On The Hill
This is your chance to honour someone you know who has been affected by breast cancer - by sponsoring a message in a bottle. Your bottle will form part of a remarkable light installation by world-renowned installation artist Bruce Munro.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Cancerkin is linking up with Bruce Munro on a light show with a message – a message of hope. Bruce is constructing a modern day beacon, formed from 2730 plastic bottles individually lit in Cancerkin’s colours of pink and blue. Anyone affected by breast cancer can be part of this light show by sponsoring a light, attaching a personal message, helping to illuminate the night with their hopes and supporting Cancerkin’s work with their sponsorship.
At five metres wide and three metres high, the installation – called ‘Beacon On The Hill’ – will be placed bottle by bottle on a 288 metre chalk hill near Bath. A huge physical and logistical challenge, it will take a week for a team of five, working in all weathers, to construct this one-off installation, ensuring ‘Beacon’, and all it stands for, can be seen for miles.
Bruce Munro lost a close friend to breast cancer at 33 and it was her memory that has inspired Bruce to create an installation to help Cancerkin continue to support those affected by the disease. He comments, “This hill and surrounding countryside has long been my ‘canvas’. I lost a dear friend very young to breast cancer and meeting Victoria Todd from Cancerkin was the link needed for me to create my own incarnation of a beacon of light in support of all who are, or have been, affected by this disease. By illuminating the night sky for a brief moment, I hope to send the message “you are not alone”.”
The moment Beacon is lit will be captured by a series of images, ensuring Beacon on the Hill will continue to be a symbol of hope and unity long after the lights are turned out.
Cancerkin at Hampstead Theatre on 10 October 2012
We are thrilled to be hosting a charity performance of The Judas Kiss staring Rupert Everett at the Hampstead Theatre on Wednesday 10 October 2012 in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to celebrate Cancerkin’s 25th Anniversary.
The Judas Kiss depicts the life of Oscar Wilde, who will be played by renowned actor Rupert Everett. It describes two pivotal moments in Wilde’s life that lead him on a path to destruction: the day Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment, and the night, after his release two years later, when the lover for whom he risked everything betrays him. With a quiet but burning sense of outrage, author David Hare presents the consequences of taking an uncompromisingly moral position in a world defined by fear, expedience and conformity. Directed by Neil Armfield and featuring a sparkling cast, the production is not to be missed.
Tickets are usually £50 but we are offering a special early booking discounted rate of £45 for tickets purchased before 31st July 2012. Given the speed at which seats sold out last year for the performance of ‘The Last of the Duchess,’ we advise that you reserve early to avoid disappointment and to receive a special discount.
Hyde Park Walk 2012 Sunday 17th June
On Sunday, hundreds of Cancerkin supporters walked 10k around Hyde Park in support of those with breast cancer and to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. It was a special day of smiles, laughter and glorious sunshine – we could not have asked for better weather. Visit our website to see for yourself how much fun was had and to spot your photo. We would like to thank all our walkers (pets included!), our special guest Tom Conti, our sponsors – GAM, Sainsburys and Ocean Spray – and our fantastic team of volunteers who made the day such a success.
We have been overwhelmed with positive feedback about the walk and are so pleased to hear so many people enjoyed themselves. If you have any comments you would like to share, then please do get in contact with Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you successfully completed the walk, you will now be busy collecting up your sponsorship money. To be in with a chance of winning luxury products generously donated by perfumery Floris, your sponsorship money must be at the Cancerkin Centre by Friday 17th August. On this day, we will count up how much has been raised in total and we will announce our top three fundraisers. Please ensure that you do not send cash in the post, cheques are made payable to Cancerkin and your envelope is clearly marked for the Hyde Park Walk. If you have any questions, contact Laura on the email address above.