The summer of 2018 has brought record-breaking sunshine as well as a busy events season for the team at Cancer Research Wales!
We kicked things off at the Armed Forces Day celebrations in June. In spite of taking the ‘scenic route’ with a few wrong turns, we made it safely to beautiful Llandudno! With the aid of our ever-popular inflatable bowel, we promoted our successful bowel cancer research programmes and spoke to lots of North Wales supporters. We followed up with weekends at the Monmouth show and the Big Cheese in Caerphilly, talking to show-goers about our research and fundraising opportunities, including our shark dives and overseas treks.
In August, things really ramped up! At the beginning of the month, we attended the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Cardiff Bay. Located in the science and technology tent, we were in good company with other scientific organisations offering fantastic engagement activities. With the help of some fantastic volunteers, we offered families the chance to learn about DNA by making colourful DNA sequence bracelets and extracting DNA from strawberries. In this week-long event, our visitors made over 300 bracelets and conducted over 50 strawberry DNA experiments!
Later in the month, we hosted a public event at Rhydypenau library, where our very own Dr Lee Campbell gave a fascinating talk to over 70 visitors about our research, along with tours of the inflatable bowel. We were also lucky to attend the Greenman festival, where we spent the weekend talking to people about DNA, how we inherit our genes, and lots more besides, in the garden surroundings at the Glanusk estate. Our science officer, Beth, even had a visit from the festival postman with a thank-you card from someone who joined us at the stand! Finally, we rounded off August with a family fun day right here in Cardiff. We pitched up at Asda in Coryton for a day of strawberry DNA extractions, face-painting, and tombola as well as promoting healthy habits with our giant inflatable bowel.
Of course one of the aims at every event we attend is to raise awareness of the world-leading research we fund. In addition to our events around Wales this summer, we were happy to recently announce an unprecedented £1.75 million pounds of new funding for excellent research to be conducted around Wales.
As we roll into autumn, we won’t be taking our foot off the pedal and there are lots more exciting events to come. If you want to keep up to date with all our goings-on, you can subscribe to our newsletter here.
Blog written by: Dr Beth Routley