Duerr’s, Britain’s oldest family run jam and marmalade makers, have donated £30,000 to ‘More Tomorrows’, a unique fundraising partnership between Cancer Research UK, The Christie and The University of Manchester.The money was raised at Duerr’s annual charity ball, held at The Monastery, Manchester in November and will help to fund the construction of the new Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC). Juliet Mitchell, cousin to Mark and Richard Duerr, who has previously been treated at The Christie, presented the cheque. The MCRC, which is being built in Withington, is funded by Cancer Research UK, the University of Manchester and The Christie. The largest centre of its kind in Europe, the MCRC is set to revolutionise cancer treatment in the North West and will bring hope to thousands, including the 13,200 people diagnosed with cancer each year in the Greater Manchester area alone. The ‘More Tomorrows’ fundraising campaign will raise the remaining £6m needed to complete the MCRC, which comes with a price tag of £28.5m. Mark Duerr, Managing Director of Duerr’s says: “Our annual ball was a brilliant success and we’re now delighted to hand over £30,000 on behalf of our guests who dug deep for such a deserving cause. The MCRC’s aim is to revolutionise the treatment of cancer – a disease which affects 36 people in Manchester every single day.” Professor Richard Marais, Director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute adds: “The new MCRC building will allow us to continue to be a world-leader in cancer research. Duerr’s support of the More Tomorrows campaign will ultimately help to develop new, personalised treatments that will save the lives of patients in Manchester and around the world - creating more tomorrows for more people. Thank you to all who made the Jamski Ball such a wonderful success”. Since 2000, Duerr’s are proud to have raised more than £555,000 for charity. In 2012, Duerr’s ‘Marma Mia’ 70s themed ball raised funds for Place2Be. The charity – whose patron is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - provides school based emotional and mental health support to children, parents and teachers.
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