Taking on the fundraising challenge

In 2016-17, our amazing supporters raised over £3.8 million to help us tackle pancreatic cancer. And they did it in many different ways:

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Sporting events and challenges

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.

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Fundraising at work

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.

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In the community

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.

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Trusts, foundations, funds and philanthropic gifts

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.

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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.