Century Cycle Challenge (Saturday 4th May 2013)
Chosen Charity

In Aid Of

Hope Nurse at the Clinical Trials Facility in the Osborne Building at the Leicester Royal Infirmary

To make donations to Hope for this bike ride please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ccc2019.

Who We Are

Hope Against Cancer is Leicestershire and Rutland’s local cancer research charity. We were established in 2003 to bring cutting-edge research to our area and make clinical trials available to local people. Since 2003 we have raised in excess of £5m and funded over 60 research projects tackling many different forms of cancer.

Our Vision – Our vision is working for a future where more local people survive cancer.

Our Mission – Our mission is to fund innovative research that leads to improved treatments and better outcomes for people and that achieves the greatest impact in the local and national fight against cancer.

What We Do

We work in partnership with local universities and hospitals to fund pioneering research to ensure that Leicestershire remains a hub of expertise in cancer research and treatment.

In 2012 we established and opened a dedicated clinical trials unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary to offer patients access to new medicines and therapies. We fund our very own HOPE Nurse there who adds to the care and support trials patients receive.

Why We Need Help

2 million people in the UK are living with or affected by cancer. This is set to rise to 4 million by 2030.
Every year, over 250,000 people in England are diagnosed with cancer and around 130,000 people die each year as a result of the disease.

Annual NHS costs for cancer services are £5 billion. The cost to society as a whole – in terms of social, caring and other support costs – is £18.3 billion.

Because of life-saving research more people are surviving cancer. Survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years. But our survival rates are still worse than those for other countries that are as wealthy as us.

Helping us Make a Difference Locally

Around 5,000 people in Leicestershire are diagnosed with cancer each year and the region currently has hot spots of cancer associated with cultural and socio-economic factors and healthcare inequalities.

There is over-whelming evidence to show that regions with diverse, local research have better health outcomes within their communities.

Hope Against Cancer was instrumental in the city of Leicester becoming a cancer research centre of excellence, between 2014-2017 one of only 15 in the UK. We need to raise over £500,000 every year to fund vital research to help maintain that excellence. We will prioritise research that influences potential practice changes in early detection, prevention and treatment of cancers. Our research projects will have a clear benefit for patients across the region.

The charity will continue to develop talent and help train the next generation of local cancer researchers through our funding to support postgraduates and cancer clinicians pursuing a career in cancer research – a critical area for which national funding is being cut and limited.

HOPE will also support the development of new treatments through continuing support of our clinical trials nurse.

Hope’s Clinical Trial Facility

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future. The Hope Clinical Trials Facility is a dedicated area in Leicester Royal Infirmary for patients taking part in clinical research studies.

Opened by Hope Against Cancer Patron, Martin Johnson in May 2012, the Facility has been funded by Hope, the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the National Institute for Health Research.

What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are carried out by researchers to find out whether new treatments are safe, are more effective than current treatments, or if they improve the outcomes for patients. Clinical trials can look at different aspects of disease – such as the causes, how it might be prevented, or different ways of diagnosing it in the first place. Research is also carried out to find new treatments, or to control the symptoms of the disease.

Taking part in a high-quality clinical research study can provide patients with more treatment options. Evidence suggests that patients who take part in clinical trails have better outcomes than those who are treated in a non-research environment.

Hope’s Facility

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a frightening experience. But people who take part in clinical trials at the Hope Facility find a warm and welcoming place. The Facility has two consultation rooms – offering people the privacy to talk to a nurse or doctor about anything that may be concerning them – as well as eight treatment chairs, and a bed for overnight stays.

People receive more personal treatment here, as they are more closely monitored, seen by a doctor more frequently, and their treatment can be adapted to changing circumstances. Their care is overseen by the Hope Research Nurse.


"I’ve taken part in a trial at the HOPE unit, alongside chemotherapy treatment. It gives me more hope and it boosts me because I feel as if I am helping others." Diana East; Patient

"The support of Hope to establish the Hope Clinical Trials Facility has been transformative for patients, researchers and the future generation of researchers. Getting a cancer diagnosis is devastating and while we have made great strides in therapy, outcomes can still be improved. This can only be achieved by developing new treatments which require clinical studies. Hope allows us to deliver research with excellence, and it is by doing this that we will continue to improve outcomes for patients." Anne Thomas, Professor of Cancer Therapeutics, Leicester Cancer Research Centre

"As a result of funding by the charity, the Hope Facility provides a fully-equipped, dedicated clinical environment for patients to safely participate in trials. Through it we can offer entry to early phase trials, which frequently provide access to novel treatments and therapies. This first rate accommodation attracts pharmaceutical sponsors, which has enabled us to significantly expand our research portfolio." John Adler, Chief Executive, Leicester’s Hospitals