Diamonds for Hope

Posted by pt91 at Oct 22, 2012 04:22 PM |
To mark ten successful years, local cancer research charity, Hope Against Cancer has launched a network of HOPE Diamonds

Issued by Hope Against Cancer in October 2012

The Hope Diamonds will act as the charity’s ambassadors, helping build knowledge and funds within their local communities.   Each has been awarded a specially designed and crafted Diamond pin kindly donated by Lumbers Jewellers. 

“The 10th Anniversary is a special time for our charity.  It is an opportunity to celebrate what we have achieved and also a time to create new and dynamic ways in which to continue funding the work we do.  HOPE Diamonds will be vital for the success of the charity in future years,” said Wendi Stevens, Hope Against Cancer Co-ordinator.

Brian Kirby of Belton in Rutland has gladly accepted the role of Hope Diamond and was awarded his Diamond pin at a special reception held in the Diamond Room at Lumbers Jewellers on the 10th October.

"I am lucky to have found that there is life after cancer and this is entirely due to the skill and expertise of the staff at the Royal Infirmary.  If I can in some small way improve the passage of future patients through helping Hope Against Cancer raise funds for local research, then I want to be a part of it.  All my efforts are aimed at improving future care for cancer patients locally," said Hope Diamond, Brian Kirby.

Also helping spread the word and raise vital funds as a Hope Diamond is Dr Stewart Sale, Lecturer of Cancer Chemoprevention, Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine at the University of Leicester.

“I am delighted to accept this challenge from Hope and in the coming year I am organising a number of different charity events including a 5-a-side football tournament and a charity golf day. I have also set myself a year of personal endurance challenges to raise as much money as possible.  Between now and September 2013, I plan to run 6-10 half marathons, the Edinburgh marathon next May and then finishing with a 700 mile bike ride from Leicester to Amsterdam and back in September.  I have already completed the Nottingham and Leicester Half Marathons and people have already been exceedingly generous in their donations on my sponsorship page (,”  said Dr Sale.

Dr Sale is currently researching the development of novel cancer chemopreventive agents for the prevention of prostate, colorectal and lung cancer at the University of Leicester.


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 a number of 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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