Cancer Research UK responds to budget cut claims

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Cancer Research UK has responded to media claims that falling donations will leave projects short of funds for up to five years. Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK's Chief Executive, said: "Reports in today's newspapers claiming the charity will make budget cuts totalling £643m are both incorrect and grossly misleading. "The outlook for the economic climate is very challenging. Our future planning is taking this into account, but we will not allow it to deter us from achieving our long term vision of beating cancer .

"Almost all Cancer Research UK's funding comes from the efforts and generosity of the public and we are extremely grateful to them for their continuing support of our work to beat cancer. At this time, more than ever, we need people to support our work." In 2007/8, Cancer Research UK spent £333m on cancer research, and invested £11m on information and advocacy.