January Update

CRUK store pictured outside from the road

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a lovely festive period with your loved ones.

This December was busier than ever, so I want to say a big thank you for giving your time so generously over the festive period. Your dedication is amazing, and our shops couldn't run without you.

You can learn more about the impact of your incredible time-giving with a look at the top five research stories of 2023, funded by our shoppers and supporters.

Below, you can hear from John, a volunteer in our Elgin store. John has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his charitable work as part of the King's New Year's honours. John shares his personal connection to cancer and why volunteering is so valuable to him.

We also have some key dates for your diary, and some more information on our latest Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People campaign that started earlier this month.

I wish you all the best for 2024.

Together, we are beating cancer. Thank you.
Julie Byard, Director of Trading
Cancer Research UK


Happy New Year!

Two shop volunteers in the backroom organising clothing stock

As we head into 2024, it's important to recognise your continuous commitment. Because you donate your time and energy so selflessly, we can fund life-saving research and continue beating cancer in 2024, together. From everyone at Cancer Research UK, thank you.

If you want to learn a bit more about how we spend the money you raise in store, we've collected the top research stories from our scientists from 2023.

Upcoming events

Dates you might want for your diary 

World Cancer Day

Cancer cells under a microscope

Sunday 4 February 

Day recognised around the world to raise awareness of cancer. As well as celebrating cancer research, the day raises awareness of cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

Chinese New Year

Family of multiple generations sat round their kitchen table

Saturday 10 February 

Happy New Year to everyone who is celebrating the beginning of the Chinese New Year next month.

The launch of our Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People fundraising campaign

Oliver - young boy playing with slime in the garden. Text reads: Oliver in his holiday shades.

Our latest Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People (CYP) campaign started on Sunday 14 January and will run for three weeks (until Sunday 4 February).

We’re committed to helping more children and young people survive cancer with a good quality of life. That’s why we need your help so that we can continue to fund research to discover new ways to treat cancer, so all children and young people, like Oliver, can live longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer.

Whether you’ll be dressed up as a cuddly animal or holding competitions, we can’t wait to see what fundraising activities you and your local shop team come up with this year!

Thank you for all of your support and dedication. Every penny you raise will help fund research into cancers that affect 0-24-year-olds, to help more children and young people survive cancer and do so with a better quality of life.

Receiving royal recognition

Shop volunteer John MacKintosh standing in store in blue CRUK jumper

We’d like to congratulate shop volunteer John MacKintosh for being recognised in the King’s New Year’s Honours list. John has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his voluntary services to cancer patients and to the community of Elgin!

Between 1993 and 2023, John raised over £180,000 for charities including Cancer Research UK (CRUK). And for the last quarter century, John has volunteered at his local CRUK shop in Elgin High Street, where he generously helps out at least three shifts a week.

John, 77, has a powerful connection to our cause. Today, he’s in remission from testicular cancer after receiving radiotherapy treatment in 1996:

“I was one of the lucky ones as my cancer was detected early and the treatment was successful. Now I’m keen to do everything I can to help other people going through cancer. The money people spend in Cancer Research UK shops funds vital research so more patients have a positive outcome. Many customers share with me a little about their own cancer experiences when they pop in to the shop and I enjoy everything I can do to help make a difference."

"I love my time volunteering and the moments I get to share with the staff and volunteers. It’s like one big happy family and I’d feel lost without it.”

John has devoted over two decades of his life to charitable causes and will receive his medal from Moray’s Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Seymour Monro, on behalf of His Majesty the King, in a ceremony later this year.

We’re honoured to have John alongside us in the fight to beat cancer. Thank you, John, once again for your remarkable dedication!

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