Thank you to all our supporters.
A message from Belinda Gray, Chair & Co-Founder of Art For Cure.
Dear Art For Cure supporters,
Following our fundraising success recently in Aldeburgh and at Glemham Hall in May 2016, I wanted to update you on Art For Cure’s work and progress.
We raised a record breaking £175,000 in 2016 and want to thank all our supporters for the part they played in making this momentous achievement possible.
In July 2016 we donated £100,000 to Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s biggest breast cancer charity, which is being used specifically on secondary breast cancer projects. We also met with Prof Clare Isacke and her Molecular Cell Biology Team at The Institute of Cancer Research, which is funded by Breast Cancer Now, where she told us:
"The money you helped raise is making a significant difference to our research".
We have also finalised the funding of several projects which support those diagnosed with breast cancer in Suffolk. These include counselling services, wig services, beauty workshops and support for nutrition, diet and exercise. We have distributed £74,000 to these projects with £62,000 to Cancer Campaign in Suffolk and £12,000 to Ipswich Hospital Trust in the early part of 2017.
The remaining £1,000 of money raised at Glemham Hall has been reserved for further allocation in the future.
The She exhibition in June was another extraordinary success with sales over two days exceeding £60,000 and resulting in a further £27,000 raised for our causes. We will be updating you in the coming months how this money is being used.
If you are not already, please sign up to receive our e-newsletters, as over the next few months we will be sharing details of the positive impacts our donations will make in supporting those facing and undergoing a breast cancer diagnosis in Suffolk.
Up till now we have taken the view that we are not large enough to justify the regulatory complexity and costs that are associated with becoming a registered charity but, as we grow in scale, we are reviewing our status.
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 have achieved and we very much look forward to continuing our fundraising work.
Chair and Co-Founder, Art For Cure