Multi-year grants from charitable Foundations and Trusts help us secure the future delivery of our services and fund life-saving research.

Helping secure our services and research for the future

We receive committed project investment and multi-year grants from a range of funders focused on improving health and wellbeing across the UK and funding life-saving research. Grants can be put to use locally, helping us to provide our face-to-face support services, or could make a valuable contribution towards the ongoing delivery of our national Helpline and funding of research programmes such as the Generations Study and the Tissue Bank.

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The Hodge Foundation: Helping us provide specialist support in Wales

Around 1 in 5 women are likely to develop lymphoedema as a result of surgery or radiotherapy for breast cancer.

In September 2016 the Hodge Foundation made an incredible three-year pledge to fund Breast Cancer Now Cymru’s participation in the NHS Reducing the Risk of Lymphoedema sessions in Wales.

The sessions provide information, practical guidance and support about reducing the risk and recognising signs and symptoms of lymphoedema. It also acts as a gateway to other free services, delivered in partnership with the NHS and offered by Breast Cancer Now. Patients attending these sessions have the opportunity to talk to trained volunteers in peer support, from people who have also had a diagnosis of breast cancer. 

The Hodge Foundation, established in 1962 by Sir Julian Hodge, supports a broad range of charities, including those improving health and wellbeing for the people of Wales. As the NHS expands its delivery of this crucial service across Wales, the Foundation’s incredible investment is enabling Breast Cancer Now Cymru to be there for more women affected by lymphoedema after breast cancer.

With their help we can provide tailored information and empowering peer support to help women in Wales adapt to a ‘new normal'.

We are truly proud to support the important work of Breast Cancer Cymru.

Karen Hodge, Foundation Trustee

Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Foundation

A key partner in our progress is the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Foundation, who have donated over £4.7 million towards our work and were one of the inaugural funders of the UK’s first dedicated breast cancer research centre.

Mary-Jean Mitchell Green, a successful business woman with a young family, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. Following treatment, her disease went into remission, only to return a year later as a particularly aggressive form. As a testament to her strength and generosity of spirit she created a foundation to fund research into a cure for breast cancer. She died in 1990, aged just 38, leaving behind her husband Peter and her sons Alexander and Andrew.

The Breast Cancer Now Toby Robins Research Centre at the Institute of Cancer Research opened in 1999, and was made possible by the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Foundation. The Centre is housed in the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Building, named in her memory, and our work is inspired every day by her warmth and grace in the face of uncertainty.

We are incredibly grateful to the Foundation and the Green family for their continued support of our work, and for sharing our goal that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live – and live well.

The fact that more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before is in large part down to the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Foundation, and enabling loved and needed women to spend more time with their families is a fitting tribute to Mary-Jean herself.

Garfield Weston Foundation

Breast Cancer Now is incredibly grateful for the generous and longstanding support of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

In 2019, we were thrilled to be awarded a generous three-year grant to the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank, a unique and world-leading resource making the most ground-breaking breast cancer research possible. To understand how breast cancer behaves, grows and spreads, it is vital that researchers can study real-life breast tissue samples, breast cells and blood from patients. The Tissue Bank provides researchers with access to the UK’s largest unique collection of high-quality breast tissue, breast cells and blood samples from breast cancer patients. 

We are honoured to have received further support from the Garfield Weston Foundation in 2020, towards our vital core costs. This funding will help us to provide support for today and hope for the future, for everyone affected by breast cancer.

The Garfield Weston Foundation is one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK, having donated over £1billion to charities since it was founded. Established by the Weston family in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation supports a wide range of charitable organisations, working to make a positive and tangible difference across the country. The Foundation currently donates over £80 million annually to causes in the UK.

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If you are a Trustee of a Charitable Trust or Foundation and would like to know more about the ways you could support Breast Cancer Now, please contact Olivia Atkin:

Tel: 0114 2636 121