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Jeremy Wright Visits Cancer Research UK in Kenilworth by Jeremy Wright MP

As part of a varied high street, charity shops mean those clothes and items that no longer bring us joy have the chance to bring joy to others, whilst also supporting some important causes.

I recently visited our local Cancer Research UK shop in Kenilworth, following the recent World Cancer Day on 4th February, a day which brings together all people and groups who want to help beat cancer. World Cancer Day, which started in 2000, now has a reach of 145 countries which covers over 8.4 billion people.

Cancer is a priority for the Government and survival rates are at a record high. Since 2010 rates of survival from cancer have increased year-on-year. Around 7,000 people are alive today who would not have been had mortality rates stayed the same as then. NHS England has confirmed funding of over £600 million to support delivery of the Cancer Strategy for England, which will overhaul screening programmes, provide new investment in state of the art technology to transform the process of diagnosis, and boost research and innovation.

While more of us will be diagnosed with cancer in future, there is good news. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, Cancer Research UK’s work – and that of other charities – helps to ensure more men, women and children survive the disease. Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. The goal is for 3 out of 4 people to survive cancer by 2034, but the sooner we can get there the better.

Research is cancer’s number one enemy and it is people like the dedicated volunteers I met at the shop, who are enabling the charity’s researchers to keep making huge advances in the battle against the disease.

There are nearly 600 Cancer Research UK shops across the country, from high streets to out-of-town superstores and in 2017/18 these generated £80 million towards their research, which supports the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses, who have played a role in developing 8 out of 10 of the world’s top cancer drugs. Their shops also play an important role serving local communities, acting as hubs to help disseminate health information and information about cancer screening programmes. The shops themselves are always looking for new volunteers to help in the shop and any time people can spare is greatly appreciated.

So, if you are emptying out your wardrobe or cupboard of perfectly good quality clothing and household goods, why not donate them to a charity shop like Cancer Research UK, or to any one of the good causes that run a shop near you. Your hand offs could be a vital source of support for these causes, and continue to bring joy to another owner, instead of adding to landfill. Every donation made and every hour volunteered takes us closer to beating cancer sooner.