This month’s editorial is from Athena Lamnisos, the Chief Executive of the Eve Appeal, the preferred charity partner of the Danish-UK Association. Louis Wheeler, Vice-Chair of the Danish-UK Association, explains the decision to select the Eve Appeal to be our preferred charity.
In 1989 Lone Strøyberg became the first Managing Director of the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce, now the Danish UK Association. When Lone was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she and her husband, Peter Vagn-Jensen, together with Professor Ian Jacobs, then professor of gynaecological cancer at the Queen Mary University London,set up The Eve Appeal in 2002. Sadly, even the best treatments were ultimately unable to save Lone’s life. She died tragically young on Sept 6th2003.
At a time when the charity sector is under some scrutiny, it seems wholly appropriate for us to choose a small charity that touches us all, as well as our strong connection through Lone and her husband Peter. We are delighted to be associated with them. Here is the message from Athena:
So many aspects of the vital work that we do at The Eve Appeal rely on the power of our networks. We can’t hope to achieve our ambition of saving lives through the early detection and prevention of women’s cancers without creating a multiplier effect. Our research teams collaborate nationally and international – one of our leading programmes involves teams in nine leading European institutions. They each provide a specialist skill set and build on evidence and findings to take the shared ambition forward.
Fundraising certainly relies on building powerful networks of donors, companies and other stakeholders who share a joint goal to see positive change in the diagnosis of these cancers. As a charity, we can only succeed if these networks are broad and lasting. We have a history of making friendships and partnerships which sustain over many years and deliver results in earlier diagnosis and better prognosis.
Not talking about gynaecological health issues and a lack of understanding of signs and symptoms, is costing lives. The result is a high mortality rate from gynae cancers (40%) – impacting too many mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers, brothers, friends, sons and partners too.
We are a small charity with a great ambition to change the world through funding blue skies research that will help prevent women’s cancers and save lives. Sharing information, creating relationships and seeking potential partners helps us not only to fund our research but also encourages every woman to know their body through our awareness work.
Our razor-sharp focus on prevention and early detection is unique. We are leading straight-talking awareness and information campaigns but we also are at the forefront of pioneering medical research. We believe that we can make a change now which will impact on the lives of women in the future.
Gynae cancers receive less funding than other cancers, and there is less awareness around gynae issues as these are surrounded by taboos. Through our partners we are able to raise awareness of women’s health. This May we are launching a new campaign asking all our network to GET LIPPY about women’s health.
We are asking supporters, partners, men and women to speak up and out about all five gynae cancers which are too-little talked about, too-little known and surrounded by far too many taboos.
We hope we can count on you too.
To find out how you and your company can support The Eve Appeal to help prevent women’s cancers and to save lives, contact us: Website (link to www.eveappeal.org.uk ), Email (link to email@example.com ), Tel: 020 7605 0100, The Eve Appeal, 15B Bergham Mews, Blythe Road, London, W14 0HN
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