William’s Fund has so far raised over £900,000 for Childhood cancer research and has set itself a target to reach £1 million by 2020! William was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer, it was given various names, but his parents never found out the exact type of cancer William had. He died aged 4yrs. Achieving the target of £1million will raise the team to the next level of research funding from larger bodies, which is why we need to reach it as soon as possible to secure our research team’s future.
The key to treatment of cancer, especially childhood cancer, lies in the diagnosis and without that the prognosis is poor. Childhood cancers behave in very different way to adult cancers; they respond differently to treatment and can be unpredictable in both positive and negative ways. According to Cancer Research UK, there were 1756 new cases and 257 deaths from children’s cancers per year 2012-2014.
Where the money goes. Less than 4% of the National cancer research budget is spent on Childhood Cancer, a real poor relative to the big cancer research projects. We know radiotherapy & chemotherapy have a poor track record & nothing has changed in the treatment of childhood cancers in over 50yrs! We at William’s Fund now have forward thinking, innovative and highly respected researchers working to change this. The future does not lie with more chemotherapy but with newer less harmful and more successful treatments. William inspired us to start the fund raising in 2000 and we see this as a fitting tribute to him.
About Williams Fund. William’s Fund is a fundraising organisation based in GX, raising money for Childhood Cancer Research in Oxford. There are no administration costs, these are met by Johanna and Peter Dodd, there are no expenses paid out and the charity does not have any paid employees!
William’s Fund were established in 2000 as a home run organisation. Most of the monies raised to date has come from local residents, businesses and the community. William’s Fund has secured a place in the hearts of the local community. We are aware that to keep up with growth of the research facility going forward, we need to attract guaranteed funding on a larger scale in a shorter time frame. This will secure the momentum of this ground-breaking research and Dr Helen Townley’s future in Childhood Cancer Research. Despite being a skilled and highly sought-after researcher, Dr Townley is keen to stay within the Childhood Cancer sphere, she does however spend increasing amounts of valuable time seeking grants and funding. Annual running costs are in excess of £70k pa. with more investment needed. At our current rate of fundraising we are likely to have a shortfall of £50k against our target, as we reach 2020. Sponsorship and funding going forward would be most welcome to secure the future of this vital facility, one of very few researching Childhood Cancers.
It is not sufficient to assume that therapies for adults can simply be translated to paediatric cancers. Adults and children are known to have different tolerance and response to treatments. Cancer still remains the leading cause of death in children.
Please see the website www.williamsfund.co.uk