William’ s Fund has been raising money for the Childhood Cancer Research Fund since June 2000. With your help we have raised thousands of pounds in memory of William and we would like to thank all of you for your contributions and help. We would like not only to thank everyone but to update you on what the money will be spent on and to explain a little of the vital work which will be carried out and our future plans.
The money raised has enabled the team at the John Radcliffe Hospital to employ a full-time postdoctoral research fellow to work on the childhood cancer project. Sophie Hill was recruited in 2001 and is in the employ of Dr Chris Mitchell, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, who was responsible for William’s treatment. To finance this research project costs £40,000 a year and we have so far been able to reach this level of financing year-on-year – thanks to all of you. Below is a letter from Dr Mitchell which is a personal ‘thank you’ from the team and also a more scientific explanation of the Childhood Cancer Research project.
Johanna and I have been quite overwhelmed by the kindness and support shown by all of you and we hope you will continue to support the fundraising events in the future. Some of you have held some fantastic fundraisers yourselves and for this we are grateful too! We now see this as a reasonably long-term project and we are hoping, in conjunction with the team at the John Radcliffe, to take this programme forward over the next 5 years.
We would like to thank you all again for your tremendous support – it means a great deal to us and the charity as at present they rely solely on charitable donations for their research. It has also been a boost to the morale of the Oncology staff at the Radcliffe.
In the meantime we intend to continue our fund raising activities as a fitting memorial to William, to provide support to the Childhood Cancer Research charity and the Oncology staff at the Radcliffe, who were so caring and supportive during William’s treatment programme. We will continue to provide regular progress updates as appropriate.
With Sincere Thanks
Johanna & Peter Dodd