Hundreds of dedicated supporters across the UK pulled on purple t-shirts and took part in a challenge, from skydiving to marathons, and helped raise over £900,000.
We had our biggest teams ever for the Great North Run and the Royal Parks Half Marathon, and introduced new events like our bespoke Grand Canyon trek and the Bath Half Marathon into the calendar.
We had some wonderful corporate and organisational partners last year. They organised golf days, sponsored sleeps outs, balls and other fundraising events – including a human table football tournament! Their passion and commitment to raising funds and awareness of pancreatic cancer was phenomenal.
Blick Rothenberg raised over £100,000 to fund the Colin Lehmann Scholarship at Bart’s in his memory.
Our fundraisers in the community had a fantastic year and raised thousands of pounds through local events and campaigns.
We launched two new fundraising initiatives during our awareness month - Bake a Difference and The Big Purple Quiz for Pancreatic Cancer UK which Emmerdale actor Tony Audenshaw created.
And supporter Lesley Goodburn arranged for a limited-edition Emma Bridgewater mug to be created and sold in memory of her husband Seth. These were so popular they sold out within a week and have raised £26k so far.
These are newer areas of fundraising for us, but they proved hugely successful in 2016-17.
There were generous donations towards specific research areas – unlocking earlier diagnosis, discovering new treatments and improving patient care – as well as large gifts to help us provide information and support within the community, across the UK. In total, they were worth well over £250,000.
More supporters than ever before chose to make a regular monthly gift in 2016-17 to help fund our research and services now and in the future. In total, 3,500 generous people gave through cash donations, regular gifts and payroll giving.
With a wider range of merchandise, our online shop had its most successful year to date. In the Christmas period alone, it raised over £16,000.
Pancreatic Cancer UK supporter
My father-in-law John had suffered with pancreatitis off and on for over 20 years but unbelievably it had never been properly looked at by his doctors. Not long after he retired, his stomach pains got significantly worse. He paid for a private MRI but that came back clear. It took years to diagnose pancreatic cancer – and when it was, it was too late. He passed away in May 2012.
Since then, my family and I have done everything we can to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK in John’s memory. Earlier this year, for example, some friends and I cycled coast to coast from Morecombe in Lancashire to Whitby in Yorkshire in support of their work. And I’m in training for this year’s Great North Run too.
At my workplace I was also able to nominate Pancreatic Cancer UK as our charity of the year. It’s been amazing to see how everyone has really embraced the cause – and I’m hoping that, by the end of my term in office, we’ll have raised £40,000 in total.
I feel confident that our donations are in safe hands, whether they go towards research, the support line or on one of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s other services, I’m sure that they’ll be used wherever they can make the biggest impact for patients.