The Foundation was started in October 2010 to raise vital funds in memory of Allan Burton, who died of pancreatic cancer aged just 59. We know that Allan would want us to do something positive and to help others less fortunate, in his memory. The benefiting charities have been chosen to reflect his love of children and the fight against the appalling devastation of cancer.
The Foundation has donated £53,000 towards Paul’s House – a ‘Home from Home’ in London. Paul’s House provides a warm and welcoming free place to stay for families who would otherwise have to travel long distances once their child is on cancer treatment. This can cause considerable strain at what is already an incredibly difficult time for them. Just being together, doing little things like watching TV, playing in the garden or sharing a family meal can bring back a sense of normality.
£26,000 has been donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to help fund a new ventilator, providing life support to critically ill children, and an incubator for neo-natal patients.
£8,000 has been donated to Pancreatic Cancer UK to go towards research. Cancer of the pancreas is difficult to treat – it rarely causes any symptoms in the early stages so it’s often not detected until the cancer is fairly advanced. It has the highest mortality rate of all the major cancers – 90% of patients die within five years of their diagnosis and 75% of patients die within the first year. More research is urgently needed to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of this abhorrent disease.
A further £6,500 has been donated to Macmillan Grants, part of Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan Grants help people affected by cancer on low incomes to cover a range of practical needs – from helping to pay for increased heating bills, to providing much needed convalescence breaks to spend time with loved ones.