As part of our Christmas Angels appeal this year, we asked our supporters to send a special festive message of support to our researchers. To tell them why research matters to them, or about the people they are remembering with their Christmas appeal donation.

Thursday 3 December 2015      Guest blog
Christmas Angels Appeal brings words of encouragement for our researchers

Our research is focused entirely on breast cancer. Right now, we’re funding around £23 million worth of ground-breaking research projects, supporting nearly 450 of the world’s brightest researchers at institutions across the UK and Ireland.

Our supporters wrote their messages on the back of the paper angels and returned them to us, with their donation, in the freepost envelope provided. In return, we promised to display every message that we receive at our world-leading research centre at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London, for our scientists to read and be inspired as they continue their vital work over the Christmas period.

Even as our team were pinning up the first messages on the board at the Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Centre at the ICR, curious staff gathered to read them.

The messages inspired this ‘all staff’ email eulogy from the Director of the Research Centre, Professor Andrew Tutt:

“If you ever wonder if what you are doing is worthwhile or may be just feel bit low because the IB failed again or your cells got infected, please go and read the messages from Breast Cancer Now supporters on the board on the second floor and you will feel much better.”

Thank you

We would like to pass on a huge thank you on behalf of all our Breast Cancer Now researchers to everyone who took the time to write their Christmas Angel message and return it to us for our Research Centre board. By standing together – as scientists and supporters – we can work to stop breast cancer now.

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