Heathrow press releases

31 July, 2015

Heathrow passengers help raise funds to fight pancreatic cancer

Heathrow Fundraiser for Royal Free London

 

Passengers eating, drinking and flying into Heathrow Airport in August will be helping to fight pancreatic cancer, with food and beverage retailers across terminals, and air traffic controller NATS uniting forces to contribute to medical research at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust(RFL).  

The Royal Free Charity, which raises money for research and patient care at the RFL’s three hospitals, will collect funds for the hospital’s research into pancreatic cancer, including finding new methods of diagnostic testing and the creation of an artificial pancreas using stem cells. Pancreatic cancer is currently the most underfunded, and has the lowest survival rates of all cancers in the UK.

Among the retailers generously donating to the cause are Leon, which will donate 10 pence of each sale of a salad specially created for the fundraiser, Pret A Manger, which will donate 10p for every soup purchased, Fortnum & Mason which will donate £1 for each transaction it makes in the month of August, and The Restaurant Group, including Giraffe, which will donate 1p for each transaction. In a special twist, Air Traffic Controller NATS have committed to donating 10p for each flight that lands 1 minute late or more in August and 1p for those that land on time.

Passengers will also be offered the opportunity to add an additional contribution of their own to their bills at certain retailers, via 500 collection boxes throughout the terminals and through a Just Giving page for the event.

Heathrow’s fundraising drive was organised by Calvin Cummings, operations manager at Heathrow Airport, after his wife Becky was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital’s hepato pancreatic biliary unit in the Sheila Sherlock Liver Centre with an extremely rare form of pancreatic cancer.

Calvin said: “With August set to be Heathrow’s busiest month this year and so many of our retailers willing to participate, there is a real opportunity for our passengers to make a real difference to pancreatic cancer research. I have seen first-hand the dedication and care of the Royal Free Hospital’s staff, and I know this is a very worthy cause that will impact the lives of a lot of people.

“I have always been proud to work at Heathrow, but am more so today with so many of our partners stepping up and finding generous ways to contribute.”

Diane Ryan, fundraising manager at the Royal Free Charity, said: “Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all the cancers and is one of our priority areas for support.

“Our aim is to make sure that together we are able to fund research projects that will improve outcomes for patients diagnosed with this disease. Pancreatic cancer research is severely underfunded compared to other cancers, but researchers and patients need that funding so that bespoke tests and treatments can be developed.

“One reason pancreatic cancer is so difficult to treat is that it rarely causes symptoms in its early stages, and so is rarely detected until it is fairly advanced. So we are funding research into diagnostic tests that could enable earlier diagnoses by GPs.

“The generosity and support of Heathrow staff and passengers in helping us fund research is a real opportunity to change lives and boost survival prospects in the future.”

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

To donate to this fundraiser via Just Giving and to learn about Becky’s story, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/HeathrowAirport/

 

Full list of retailers taking part in the fundraising drive:

Terminal 2

 

Retailer 

Activity

Boots

Passengers can donate via collection boxes

Café Nero

Optional passenger donation of 1p per transaction

Cappuccino

Optional passenger donation of 1p per transaction

Casual Dining Group:

La Salle

Company donation of 10 p for each burger purchased

Eat

Company donation of 10 p per purchase of soup

Fat Duck’s “Perfectionists’ Café” in Terminal 2

Company donation of 5p per transaction

JD Wetherspoon’s “Flying Chariot”

Optional passenger donation of 1p per transaction

Leon’s

Company donation of 10p for every special edition salad sold

WHSmith

Passengers can donate via collection boxes

The Restaurant Group’s Wondertree

Company donation of 1p per transaction

 

Terminal 3

 

Retailer 

Activity

Boots

Passengers can donate via collection boxes

Café Nero

Optional passenger donation of 1p per transaction

Casual Dining Group:
Oriel
Strada

Company donation of 10p for each burger purchased

Caviar House

Optional passenger  donation of £1 per transaction

Geronimo 3 bells pub

Company will donate 10 p per purchase of any specials conducted in any Geronimo Bars

Eat

Company donations 10 p per purchase of soup conducted

Pret a Manger

Company will donate 10 p per purchase of soup conducted

Leon’s

Company donation of 10p for every special edition salad sold

Rhubarb

Optional passenger donation  of 10p per transaction

The Restaurant Group’s Bridge Bar

Company donation of 1p for each transaction

WHSmith

Passengers can donate via collection boxes

 

Terminal 4

 

Retailer 

Activity

Boots

Passengers can donate via collection boxes

Café Nero

Optional passenger donation of 1p per transaction

Casual Dining Group’s Café Rouge

 Company donation of 10p for each burger purchased

Caviar House

Optional passenger donation of £1 pound per transaction

Delaware’s Dining Street

Optional passenger donation on bill of 25p, this will then be matched by Deleware with an another 25p

Eat

Company donates 10p per purchase of soup conducted

Pret A Manger

Company will donate 10p per purchase of soup conducted

The Restaurant Group:

Bridge Bar

Apostrophe

Comptoir

Company 1p donation per transaction per unit

WHSmith

Passengers can donate via collection boxes

 

Terminal 5

 

Retailer 

Activity

Boots

Passengers can donate via collection boxes

Café Nero

Optional passenger donation of 1p per transaction

Carluccio’s

£500 donation

Casual Dining Group:
Huxley’s

 Company donation of 10p for each burger purchased

Caviar House

Optional passenger donation of £1 per transaction

Eat

Company donation of 10p per purchase of soup conducted

Fortnum & Mason

Company donation of £1 per transaction

Geronimo’s 5 Tuns Pub

Company donation of 10 p per purchase of any specials conducted in any Geronimo Bars

Gordon Ramsey’s

“Plane Food”

Optional passenger donation of £1 per transaction

JDW Wetherspoon’s “Crown Rivers Pub” 

 

Optional passenger donation of 1p per transaction

Pilot Bar

Optional passenger donation of 10p per transaction

Pret A Manger

Company will donate 10 p per purchase of soup conducted

The Restaurant Group’s Giraffe

Company donation of 1p for each transaction

Wagamama

Company donation of 1p per transaction 

WHSmith

Passengers can donate via collection boxes

 

About the trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Its mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The trust provides services to 1.6 million patients at more than 30 sites in north London and Hertfordshire.

The Royal Free London is one of the UK’s leading teaching and research trusts attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

Its affiliated university, UCL, is ranked top in the UK and fifth in the world for research, which has continued to be a priority for the trust.

 

About the Royal Free Charity

The Royal Free Charity at The Royal Free London exists to support, above and beyond, the NHS provisions for staff and patients. We provide the ‘Little Touches and Big Differences’.

Last year the Royal Free Charity’s income was £15million which enabled us to provide additional services such as volunteer services, including dementia support companions and complementary therapy massage for cancer and renal units as well as funding research and the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation.

Royal Free Charity funding enables pioneering equipment to be purchased and research to take place developing cutting edge treatments, earlier diagnosis methods and advanced treatments for the future.

 

Sheila Sherlock Liver Centre

In March 2008, the liver treatment service at the Royal Free Hospital was re-named the Sheila Sherlock Liver Centre, in honour of one of the country’s female medical pioneers and founder of the unit.

Sheila Sherlock was the world’s leading authority on liver disease and Britain’s first female professor of medicine. In a glittering sixty-year career she became one of the most famous names in clinical science.

She was elected FRS, Fellow of the Royal Society; a rare honour for a clinician. She was considered by many to be the ‘mother of hepatology’ and really changed the way doctors viewed liver disease, and its diagnosis and treatment.

The Institute of Immunity and Transplantation

The Institute of Immunity, Infection and Transplantation, a partnership development between the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and University College London (UCL), sees world-leading research and clinical trials being brought together in a purpose-designed centre at the Royal Free Hospital.

The research taking place concentrates on developing vaccinations, gene therapy and cell therapy to target cancer, chronic infections (such as HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis), auto-immune diseases (including diabetes, scleroderma and inflammatory bowel disease) and rare diseases such as immunodeficiency, haemophilia and amyloidosis, as well as new types of transplantation.

Since it opened in 2013 the institute has seen advances in immunodeficiency and breakthroughs in the understanding of type 1 diabetes.

Work is due to begin on the new £42 million Pears Building, which will become home to the institute as well as the Royal Free Charity, which steered the project along with the trust and UCL. The charity launched the funding appeal for the new building in 2013 and has since received £35 million in confirmed pledges, including a £5 million donation from the Pears Foundation.

Contacts

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