The Cancer Research UK Jersey Committee held a private reception on Tuesday 15th January. Professor Peter Johnson spoke to an invited audience of over 100 guests, which included His Excellency Sir John McColl and Lady McColl; Sir Michael Birt (Bailiff of Jersey) and Mr William Bailhache (Deputy Bailiff); Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst, Health Minister Deputy Anne Pryke and Treasury Minister Senator Philip Ozouf.
Professor Johnson, Chief Clinician of Cancer Research UK and Director of the Cancer Research UK Southampton Research Centre, spoke about progress that has been made during recent years in understanding the causes of cancer and finding better ways of treating people who suffer from cancer. He explained the importance of some of the research projects that he and his colleagues across the UK are undertaking. He also mentioned the role that he and his colleagues in Southampton take in treating cancer patients from Jersey. Professor Johnson went to explain that lack of funding is the only obstacle which is stopping the charity’s research projects from moving forward.
The Lieutenant Governor (Patron of Cancer Research UK Jersey) and Robert Christensen (Chairman of Cancer Research UK Jersey) also spoke to the guests and commended the research being carried out in the UK.
Several members from Cancer Research UK’s fundraising team attended the event to talk to guests about the projects being carried out in the UK and different donation opportunities.
Robert Christensen, Chairman, Cancer Research UK Jersey Committee, commented:
‘I was delighted that so many guests were able to attend the reception and have the opportunity to engage directly with Professor Johnson. We are fortunate that cancer patients from this Island benefit from the treatment available from Professor Johnson and his team in Southampton, a renowned centre of excellence for cancer research and treatment. The important research being undertaken by Cancer Research UK, not only at the Southampton but also in other research facilities across the UK, is made possible by the generosity of the charity’s host of supporters. I am very grateful for the support that our charity receives from the people of Jersey.’