As a charity, we rely almost entirely on the donations and generosity of individuals like you. Following the cancellation and postponement of many high-profile events and fundraising in the community, we are expecting a short-term loss of income in excess of £680,000. To try and minimise the extent of the impact this will have and to continue our life-saving work, we have launched an Urgent Shortfall Appeal - asking every one of our supporters to help, however you can at this time.
The impact that Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is having around the world is vast. Medical services are being tested like never before and those affected by primary bone cancer are being hit even harder with new unexpected challenges. No doubt your own family may be starting to feel the effects too.
Despite the impact of Covid-19, there is still another child, teenager or adult diagnosed with primary bone cancer every 10 minutes somewhere in the world. We must ensure we can do all we can to help these new patients and their families now and in the future. Currently NHS England is looking to the Bone Cancer Research Trust to provide additional support and information for the bone cancer community to reduce pressure on NHS services.
Our work has never been so crucial and vital, in recent days we have learnt that last year, the major UK cancer research charities reduced their direct bone cancer research investment again for the third year in a row. Not only did it decline, it declined by a massive 17% to a mere £198,575 – the lowest figure since 2002. Collectively these charities spent over £700million on cancer research, yet despite having some of the most brutal treatment regimes and poorest of outcomes, just 0.028% was spent on bone cancer – not even close to 1%!
Last year alone, with your support, we were able to commit an incredible £807,824 to our pioneering and life-saving research. That’s over four times what all the major UK cancer research charities spent collectively.
As a small charity, none of this would have been possible without you! Your donations ensure we can do all we can for those affected by this brutal disease. We don’t want to let any new patient or family face this disease alone. We really do need your help right now.
Please, donate to our urgent appeal today – the size of your donation does not matter. What matters is you are helping - we need all the support we can gather to ensure we can continue to be there for our patients, families and researchers at this difficult time. Our researchers are on the cusp of many new breakthroughs and we’re developing incredible new treatment options for patients just like Maxi (shown above and below) – we must ensure this work can continue.
We know it is difficult for everyone right now, which is why here at the Bone Cancer Research Trust we have taken every measure possible to ensure we can continue our vital work – but we do need your help to do it. Please donate whatever you can today.
Support our appeal on Facebook
To support our appeal you can donate online now or donate to our Facebook Fundraiser and invite your friends to do the same. It is really important we spread the word as much as possible so please invite all your friends and family to support the appeal.
Fundraise for our appeal at home
Team Bones bakers and chefs!
Always fancied yourself as a Star Baker or MasterChef? Then join us in sharing your favourite tried and tested recipes, for your chance to be featured in our Team Bones Recipe book!
- Bake, cook or chill your favourite recipe
- Find a willing family member to take on a mini photoshoot
- Send your pictures and Star Recipe to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 19th April
- Our (non-expert!) judging panel will choose their favourites
- The Team Bones Recipe Book will be available to download as a thank you for a £5 donation – featuring your lovely faces!
We’ll let you know when the Team Bones Recipe Book is available, then please do share it far and wide – there may be some of your new favourite recipes inside!
Take on a 30-day virtual challenge with your friends
At a time when community spirit has never been more important, a virtual team challenge is a great way to interact with your friends and keep fit whilst raising vital funds for our appeal!
- Invite your friends to join your virtual team
- Decide the distance you want to cover over the next 30 days
- Establish your technique of choice. Will you walk, run, hop, roll, cycle, skip, jump…?
- Set up a Facebook Fundraiser, add your team and 'invite' friends and family to support you
- Let the challenge commence!
- Update your Facebook Fundraiser regularly with your progress and everyone invited will get an update
Once your challenge is complete, remember to let us know by emailing email@example.com so we can send you your Team Bones certificate to share with your supporters.
Let’s Get Quizzical
Not going out this Friday? No, us neither! Why not grab your favourite tipple and pre-dinner snack and join us LIVE, this and every Friday at 6pm, for a fun online quiz with the Team Bones community.
Entry for the quiz is just £3 (cheaper than a drink at the pub!) and there are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. And don’t worry if you’re not a winner – you’re still helping to fund our vital work and you can join us next week for another go!
If you want to get involved, you need to sign up before it starts at 6pm on Fridays. Just follow these easy steps:
- Create a ‘player’ account here.
- Click on ‘available quiz events’ and find the next Bone Cancer Research Trust quiz
- Click ‘enter quiz’ and ‘proceed to check out’, giving your £3 donation
- Come back at 6pm ready to login and play with your 4-number quiz entry code, found in your confirmation email
Virtual Birthday Bash
We know how disappointing it is to not be able to get out and celebrate with your friends, but why not do some good instead? Celebrate your birthday by supporting our appeal - create yourself a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser here. You can invite friends and everyone can post birthday messages and videos.
Support Our Appeal As You Shop Online
Did you know that you can support us when you shop online at no cost to yourself simply by signing up to easyfundraising.com? It’s completely FREE! Each time you shop online, 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us at no extra cost to you. Sign up now here.
You can also help by shopping through Amazon Smile anytime you’re on Amazon. Simply click here and choose Bone Cancer Research Trust as your chosen charity, and shop as normal – Amazon will donate a portion of what you have spent straight to us.
Thank you - we really do need your support, now more than ever!