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Get Involved With 1in2 Day

John van Geest Cancer Research Centre logoChamber patron Nottingham Trent University is inviting businesses across the region to get involved with 1in2 day on 26 February to support the work of scientists at the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre. The centre is making an impact in the fight against Cancer in the local region and worldwide.

1in2 day takes its name from recent scientific research, which predicts that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lifetime.

The team at the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre aims to combat this growing problem by working in collaboration with leading clinicians at hospitals across the region to develop effective ways to diagnose and treat all forms of the disease, with a particular emphasis on two most commonly occurring cancers for women and men in the UK today – breast cancer and prostate cancer.

For the past three years, 1in2 day has taken place within the University as a staff-driven initiative. Participants can undertake any activity which raises awareness and funds for the centre.

Staff have baked (and eaten) cakes, cycled the equivalent distance between Land’s End and John ‘O Groats on exercise bikes, worn fancy dress, hosted charity auctions, organised flash mobs and much more.

In 2015, the event expanded to involve external organisations, with Louise Third of Integra Communications hosting a networking event at Medicity.

In 2016, the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre hopes to encourage more external partners to undertake their own events as part of the day, and is hoping many businesses will get involved.

Stephen Knott, the University’s Alumni and Community Giving Officer, said: “The work done at the centre is astonishing, regularly gaining national and international recognition.

"The cause is a perfect one to support for companies in the region because Nottingham Trent University covers the administrative support costs of the centre - meaning that 100% of any donations received are used directly on lifesaving cancer research which takes place right here in our region.

"We would like to invite you and your colleagues to join in the fun, and help support this vital work.”

For more information on 1in2 Day and the work of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, please email Stpe.nt@t.cuehnkotnua.k or visit www.ntu.ac.uk/vanGeest. To support the event on Twitter, follow @vanGeestCancer and tweet using the hashtag #crackingthecancercode.