How we spend your money

How much we spent in 2017/18

A breakdown of our spend in 2018

In 2017/18 we spent a total of £652 million using money raised during this financial year plus extra money gained, for example through investments.

We spent £473 million on all of our work to help beat cancer.

This includes:

  • £423 million towards research. This includes research into specific types of cancer as well as research into cancer biology, which underpins all types of cancer. 
  • £43 million spent on our policy and information activities. This includes prevention and early diagnosis work; campaigning; communicating health messages; and engaging patients, the public and health professionals.

We spent £97 million on fundraising.

This includes marketing to engage new supporters and innovation to develop new ways to raise money, to make sure we can continue our research in the future.

We spent £89 million running our shop network and events.

This includes:

  • £78 million on running our shop network. While the cost of running our shops is significant, they are part of a network for supporters. It not only raises vital funds, but also delivers health messages and increases awareness of our research. As well as the cost of our shops, this expenditure includes support for our shop network, such as IT support, corporate resources and human resources. 
  • £11 million to deliver events which have a registration fee, like Race for Life.