Local cancer charity announces great changes for an optimistic future

Posted by pt91 at Jan 11, 2012 01:00 PM |
New Chairman and new link with the University of Leicester
Local cancer charity announces great changes for an optimistic future

Michael Turnbull, newly appointed as chairman of Hope Against Cancer.

Issued by Hope Against Cancer in December 2011

Hope Against Cancer are delighted to confirm that local businessman and farmer, Michael Turnbull, has accepted the position of Chairman.  Mr Turnbull will commence his role in new offices which have kindly been offered to the charity by the University of Leicester.  

Born and bred in Leicestershire, Mr Turnbull’s career began in farming which he managed alongside a very successful Renault car dealership culminating in his appointment as Chairman for the UK Renault Dealers in the 1970s.  In keeping with his farming interests, he also established a successful John Deere and Renault Tractor Dealership Renault Tractor Dealership business while becoming a Director, and subsequently Chairman, of the Earl Shilton Building Society. 

Throughout his career, Mr Turnbull has been closely involved in a variety of charitable causes and is presently engaged in raising £5 million towards the University of Leicester’s Cardiovascular Research Centre at Glenfield Hospital as a member of the University’s Fundraising Group.

“I am delighted to accept the Chair of such a vital charity and would like to continue the good work of my predecessor, David Wyrko, in promoting research towards a cure for various cancers as well as encouraging the best quality of medical care for people living in this area.  I have a personal experience of cancer and have always had a keen interest in the work of this charity,” said Mr Turnbull.

“We are thrilled that Michael has taken on this role at a time of great challenges and changes for Hope.  His experience and guidance will be invaluable,” said Wendi Stevens, Charity Co-ordinator. “The charity is also extremely grateful for the support of the University of Leicester in letting us use one of their buildings for our new home.  Despite gloomy economic predictions we are very optimistic that we can continue to grow our investment in local research” added Mrs Stevens.

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, said: “The University of Leicester has been associated with Hope Against Cancer since it was established.  We are therefore delighted to be able to further develop our relationship by providing them with accommodation in the University.  The charity is invaluable to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through its work to develop research into the causes and treatment of a disease that touches so many people’s lives.  The University is very fortunate enough to benefit from its funding and looks forward to continuing its association with Hope for many years to come.”

For further information, please contact Hope Against Cancer, telephone 0116 270 0101, email: enquiries@hfcr.org.

NOTE TO EDITORS

Hope Against Cancer

Hope Against Cancer, formally known as the Hope Foundation, was established in 2003 to increase the funds available for cancer research in Leicestershire and Rutland to help improve the area’s status as a leading centre for cancer research. 

Surveys demonstrate that when patients with cancer are treated at cancer centres and units carrying out research, outcomes are significantly improved.

Cancer research has historically been poorly funded in Leicestershire and Rutland and all money raised by the Hope will be used exclusively to fund vital cancer research in this area.  Hope currently funds 12 research fellowships looking at a range of cancers and is grateful for the support of the Universities of Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort

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