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Join us for abseil down the Guildhall in Cambridge in aid of our Rapid Scan Appeal with Cancer Research UK


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Cambridge Guildhall is the location for this weekends abseil. Picture Keith Heppell
Cambridge Guildhall is the location for this weekends abseil. Picture Keith Heppell

Editor and culture editor to join this weekend's event - and there's still time to sign up

Professor Kevin Brindle at Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, where work on the imaging technique is being carried out. Picture: Keith Heppell
Professor Kevin Brindle at Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, where work on the imaging technique is being carried out. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Cambridge Independent’s Rapid Scan Appeal has now raised £25,000 to help pay for trials of pioneering new technology – and daredevils brave enough to join us on a charity abseil this weekend can help the fund go higher still.

Editor Paul Brackley and culture editor Gemma Gardner will take on the challenge at the Guildhall on Saturday and there are a few places left to join them.

The funds raised will help pay for the trial of a revolutionary imaging technique at Addenbrooke’s that could enable medics to see if a drug is working for a cancer patient within a day or two of starting treatment – instead of the weeks or months it takes now. This would mean a patient’s treatment could be changed if it wasn’t working.

Scientists, doctors and Cancer Research UK are working together on the study, and the Cambridge Independent is campaigning to raise £100,000 to fund it.

Businesses from across the city have shown their support for the Rapid Scan Appeal – Stagecoach, Greendales, EPM, Astex and Abcam have all donated.

Now you can do the same and sign up for the abseil challenge, taking place on March 17-18.

Paul said: “We are delighted to reach the £25,000 milestone and I would like to thank all the companies that have helped so far.

“Now Gemma and I are looking forward – I think – to joining those abseiling down the Guildhall to help bolster the fund.”

Heidi Connell, Cancer Research UK senior fundraising manager, said: “Thank you to each and every one of you who have supported the challenge so far.

“We’ve had business across Cambridge putting on fundraising events and many more are planned. It’s great to reach such a milestone already.

“There are only days to go until our very first abseil at the Guildhall in Cambridge.

“If you are looking for a challenge and want to raise money for research into cancer that will go directly to Cambridge then sign up for this event.

“The abseil offers the opportunity to challenge yourself in a fun and unique way not to mention enjoy the views of the rooftops of Cambridge when you are at the top waiting. Every penny raised from this is going into research that is happening in Cambridge right now.”

The entry fee for the abseil is £35 and people are asked to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship.

Enter now at cruk.org/CambridgeAbseil.

Donate at Paul’s Just Giving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-brackley1.

Donate at Gemma’s Just Giving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/gemma-gardner8.

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Join the Cambridge Independent’s Rapid Scan Appeal with Cancer Research UK to help fund clinical trials at Addenbrooke’s



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