Who We Are

Hope Against Cancer is Leicestershire and Rutland’s local cancer research charity. We fund cutting-edge research in our area and have made clinical trials available to local people.

We strive for a future where more people survive cancer. We do this by funding innovative research that leads to improved treatments and better outcomes for local people.

We work in partnership with local universities and hospitals to make sure that Leicestershire is a hub of expertise in cancer research and treatment. Since we were set up in 2003, we have funded over 60 research projects tackling many different forms of cancer.

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

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How we started

In 2002, Allison Wilson CBE, a former High Sheriff of Leicestershire and well- known business woman, recognised the need for better local cancer research facilities in the East Midlands. She took the first steps towards establishing the Hope Foundation for Cancer Research, now known as Hope Against Cancer.

Allison’s vision was for Leicester to become a renowned area for cancer research, able to attract the most able staff and provide the best available training for doctors and nurses in the field of cancer care and so deliver better outcomes for people with cancer.

Allison sadly died of cancer in 2003 but in May 2012, her vision became a reality when Hope Against Cancer’s Clinical Trials Facility was opened at the Leicester Royal Infirmary – one of the first units outside of London.

Since then thousands of patients have participated in various trials that can lead to new treatments and medicines being discovered in the future.

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“As soon as I started taking part, I could feel the difference the drug was making. The cancer started reducing as soon as I started the clinical trial.”

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