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Events & Supporters
CUP Awareness Ribbon
To help raise awareness we are considering commissioning a small 'badge' or 'ribbon', that can be worn by those who want to help raise awareness: patients, carers, relatives, friends, bereaved. The design logic is that the ribbon might alert the viewer to cancer and the cup with a question mark encourages questions to be asked as well as representing the 'unknown' of CUP. This is a mock-up of a possible design below. Please tell us what you think of the design and the material (metal?).
First Awareness Day - 23 Oct 2012
SEE THE SHORT VIDEO HERE
Given a choice of twenty celebrities, the most popular celebrity the public would like to have a cup tea with is Stephen Fry. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry compete for second place, closely followed by Miranda Hart, Michael Caine and Cheryl Cole.
We conducted the poll in advance of the first Cancer of Unknown Primary awareness day on Tuesday 23 October. Supporting the awareness day, Stephen Fry said: “I would like to have tea with Professor Brian Cox to give him one more chance to explain the universe without my brain melting.” The awareness day was also supported by Zoë Wanamaker, Tony Hawks, fashion designer Julien Macdonald, Mona Yousefi and the charity’s local MP Richard Benyon.
Charity Director John Symons said: “Cancer of Unknown Primary is particularly tough to talk about because so few people know about it. The charity offers people with CUP, their families and carers the space to do that as well as providing comprehensive information. But we want to do more; we want action to improve diagnosis and treatment so we can give CUP patients hope in the future. Today we are asking everyone to help us raise awareness of CUP by telling us who you would like to have a cup of tea with and then we’d like you to ask a friend or one of your family – tell them why, tell them about Cancer of Unknown Primary and that you want to do something to help raise awareness. Put it on your Facebook page, Tweet and add a link to our website - help us to get people talking and get action.”
Jacqui Graves from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We welcome the CUP Foundation – Jo’s friends campaign to raise awareness of Cancer of Unknown Primary and support their campaign for more research to improve diagnosis and treatment.”
A team of fundraisers has been busy in Glasgow raising money in memory of Hazel Rore. They held a Race Night on Saturday 28th April, a really fun event, which raised around £2650 and 'Hazel's Hares & Hedgehogs' donned their running gear and set out proudly in their Jo's friends T-shirts on Sunday 13th May to take part in the Glasgow Women's 10K Race raising thousands more pounds. This is a fantastic achievement and we would like to thank the whole team for taking part.
On 18th March, Patrick Williams ran the Liverpool Half Marathon, for the second year in succession, to raise money for Jo's friends.
Matthew and Mark Roche took part in the Norwich 100 Bike Ride on 27 May cycling 100 miles around Norfolk in just a day. It was a tough challenge but they achieved the 100 miles and raised over £1000.
Pan Macmillan Christmas Fayre and carols 2011
Pan Macmillan held their Christmas Fayre on 1 December. A grand total of £1393.22 was raised for the charity - which included a generous donation by the company. Employees and their friends took over the refectory for the afternoon. To the background of carol singers, led by Sophie Jonathan, there was an opportunity to browse for Christmas gifts and homemade cakes, buy raffle tickets and sip mulled wine! Thank you to everyone at Pan Macmillan who helped – particularly Angela Freeman, Mitch Robinson and Annika Bergrstrand-Henry, and to all those who generously donated raffle prizes.
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On 26th November Philippa McEwan held a coffee morning at home in East Sheen for neighbours and friends.
Christmas cards, homemade cakes, bespoke Jo’s friends cupcakes, and stocking filler gifts proved very popular.
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Events in 2011
We would like to thank all those who have raised thousands of pounds for us in 2011 in different ways. Some examples:
- Lynda and Joanne Scott held a music 'gig' in Glasgow in August. The event raised £1050 for Jo's friends in memory of their brother Tom.
- Ian Cumberland ran the Nottingham Robin Hood 1/2 Marathon in memory of his father-in-law Malcolm Dally.
- Margaret Hallah with Philippa McEwan took part in Just Walk 2011 in Sussex raising some £800.
- Patrick Williams ran the Liverpool Half Marathon.
- Sarah Roberts hosted a Lent Lunch in Hampshire.
- Mary Nisbet ran the Brighton Half Marathon in memory of her uncle Malcolm.
We are grateful to all those who so generously support our work.
[Posted Nov 11]
At first I was tired of answering the questions about CUP .. but this website has helped me realize that the world needs to know about us.
Your site is so great. I have a hard road ahead but feel calmer now that I've started a targeted chemo treatment. I fully understand the importance of your website and help.
Soon after my diagnosis my daughter contacted you and you were kind and gave her hope.
The Wilson family present money raised in memory of Tracy. Photo: The Mansfield Chad and Hucknall Dispatch.
CUP cakes from the Pan Macmillan Xmas Fayre of 2011.