More than one in three of us will develop some form of cancer during our lifetimes, according to the NHS. And, even if we’re lucky enough to avoid the condition, cancer will affect us through family or friends.
For this and many personal reasons within the team at Cognition, this year we have chosen to help fund the fight against cancer by supporting the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Centre (CIIC) at the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
CIIC is a collaborative grouping of around 30 academic and clinical research groups collectively focussed on developing internationally outstanding basic tumour immunology research and translating key discoveries into improvements in cancer treatment.
Run & Bike Challenge
Leamington to London
Paul Houston and the aptly named Billy Miles are putting on their running shoes to raise funds for CIIC. The dynamic duo will be running a distance greater than five marathons from Royal Leamington Spa to London.
Their 148-mile route will follow the path of the Grand Union Canal, and will be interspersed with various real ale refreshment stops along the way.
Give them a wave and some encouragement if you see them between May 31 and June 3 and please don’t forget to add some financial support here.
Pedal Power for the Cause
Around the same time, two other Cognition team members, Ed Plant and George Perry, are getting on their bikes for the cause. The pair are going to use pedal power to cycle 210 miles along A-roads from London to Leamington and back again to the capital.
Three Peaks Challenge
A large team from Cognition, led by Sarah Groves, will be setting new heights in September of this year in our Three Peaks Challenge. It involves climbing the three highest peaks in England (Scafell Pike) Wales (Snowdon) and Scotland (Ben Nevis).
And the whole challenge is to be completed within 24 hours!
Help the funds to climb
We will be adding other fund-raising efforts during the year. Please watch this space and thanks for your support!
You can make donations through the CIIC JustGiving page we have set up. This includes the Gift Aid facility that allows UK charities to reclaim an extra 25% in tax on every eligible donation made by a taxpayer.
For donations by cheques, they should be made payable to “QEHB Charity” and have CIIC written on the back or money can be paid direct in to a bank.
The charity bank details are: Barclays Bank, QEHB Charity, sort code 20-07-71 and account number 83304124. CIIC-Cognition should be used as a reference. We have gift aid forms available for anyone making personal donations through cash or cheque.
Any companies wishing to donate directly can be issued with receipts. Just let us know what you would prefer. Thank you.