Art for Cure is a registered charity that holds sales of art and sculpture and other events to fund essential research into cures for Breast Cancer and the care of those diagnosed with the disease.
Breast Cancer affects 1 in 8 women and a small number of men resulting in 50,000 people each year receiving a diagnosis in the UK and 12,000 per year dying; sadly these statistics are on the rise.
Nobody at Art for Cure takes any salary and we all volunteer our time and expertise to minimise the cost of running our events to ensure that the money that we raise truly does reach its targeted destination.
To date we have raised over £520,000 of which £300,000 has gone to specific research projects at Breast Cancer Now which WE have selected. (see Message from Belinda) We are also contributing greatly to services for women in the areas where the money is raised. We monitor all the services, charities and research projects that we support to ensure all funds are being spent correctly and effectively.
With your help we hope to increase our total raised to over £600,000 by the end of this year and we are confident that the research we are funding is making great steps to find a cure for this disease.
Thank you so much for supporting Art for Cure. We could not continue to do what we do without your amazing generosity.
Where does the money go?
Since our first exhibition in 2014 Art For Cure has raised £520,000 through the sales of art and sculpture. When you purchase an artwork or sculpture a proportion (50% for a painting, print or photograph and 30% for a sculpture) will go directly to our charity. Art For Cure contributes to vital national research projects via Breast Cancer Now (the UK's leading breast cancer charity) as well as supporting selected services for those diagnosed with breast cancer, here in East Anglia.
Where we have donated so far ....
£300,000 to specific research projects at Breast Cancer Now's research centre in London
£48,000 given to Cancer Campaign in Suffolk for a greatly needed new wig service
£12,000 given to fund post surgical exercise classes for breast care patients in Ipswich and Felixstowe
£10,000 to 'Caring For Me' a charity providing a course of complimentary therapies in the Woodbridge area to those facing a breast cancer diagnosis
£40,000 given to the charity Littlelifts who offer women with primary breast care a comfort box of 25 items to help and support them through their chemotherapy to be distributed at James Paget Hospital and Ipswich Hospital
£12,000 to fund a part time psycho-sexual counsellor at Ipswich Hospital for those facing a breast cancer diagnosis
£4,000 to pilot a diet and weight loss project for those having been through a breast cancer treatment , run by a dietician at Ipswich Hospital
£2,000 towards the re-design of the website for the John Le Vay cancer centre at Ipswich Hospital, for easier navigation to all available services
£100,000 donation to Ipswich Hospital Blossom Appeal towards new breast care unit
£3,000 donation to train sport trainers in local gyms to East Suffolk area in care of patients with cancer and after treatment
What Next ?
Our trustees Belinda Gray, Alex Gray and Adrian Melrose are responsible for the allocation of all funds raised. Projects we commit to are regularly visited and reviewed and new projects assessed, ensuring they are being run efficiently and there is good publicity and feedback by those using that particular service . We work closely with the team at Breast Cancer Now, visiting the research centre and discovering the latest significant projects.
We are very excited to be supporting financially through donations to a new research project run by Professor Chris Lord at Breast Cancer Now; he is driving the development of new, targeted treatment strategies for breast cancer based upon genetic weaknesses. These new targeted treatments would not only improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer , but also ensure thier cancer is treated successfully first time, and never comes back.