A Christmas message from Belinda Gray, Chair & Co-Founder of Art For Cure:
Dear Art For Cure supporters
As we approach the end of 2016 and following our fundraising success at Glemham Hall earlier this year, we wanted to update you on Art For Cure’s work and progress.
We raised a record breaking £175,000 this year!
Thank you for the part you played in making this momentous achievement possible.
We have already donated £100,000 to Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s biggest breast cancer charity, which is to be used specifically on secondary breast cancer projects. We recently met with Prof Clare Isacke and her Molecular Cell Biology Team at The Institute of Cancer Research, which is funded by Breast Cancer Now.
The money you helped raise is making a significant difference to their research.
We are very close to finalising the funding of several projects which are being designed to support those diagnosed with breast cancer in Suffolk and are likely to include counselling services, hair and beauty treatments and support for nutrition, diet and exercise. We confirm £75,000 is earmarked for distribution to these projects in the early part of 2017. Please ensure you are signed up to our email newsletter as we will announce further details as soon as as they are formalised.
After much debate and advice, we have decided that, at this stage, Art For Cure is not large enough to justify the regulatory complexity and costs that are associated with becoming a registered charity.
However, this does not mean we are in any way less committed to the openness and transparency we owe our stakeholders. We are already accountable to Companies House and are obliged to distribute all the money raised in the same financial year in accordance with Art For Cure’s charitable objective.
Thank you once again for your support that so generously afforded us the fundraising success we achieved this year and we wish you and your family a joyous festive season.
Finally, before you go, if you are stuck for a special gift this Christmas - please consider our lovely red breasted Christmas Robins - by the esteemed Suffolk sculptor Vanessa Stollery, available to purchase here.
As always, through the generosity of Vanessa and other artists, a healthy chunk of the sale proceeds will be distributed in furtherance of Art For Cure's charitable objective: to support organisations researching a cure for breast cancer or treating and caring for those affected by breast cancer.
Thank you once again for your support.
Chair and Co-Founder - Art For Cure