This Spring Bank Holiday saw Cancer Research Wales start their first ever week at the Eisteddfod Yr Urdd, held this year in Cardiff Bay. The festival started and ended it’s week in beautiful sunshine, with one or two rain showers in between, but this most certainly didn’t put a dampener on the popularity of the event. The organisers announced the event a huge success attracting more than 100,000 visitors over the week.
Cancer Research Wales’ stand being positioned on the Maes, with this year’s free access proved very beneficial. With our fun and interesting science activities, we taught our audience of supporters how scientists extract DNA, and why DNA is important to understand more about cancer. Budding wannabe scientists joined in by making bracelets representing the DNA of their own eye colour and tried their hand at isolating the DNA from strawberries.
Over 450 branded flags were handed out to children and 160 adults signed up to receive our monthly newsletter wishing to hear more about the incredible work that is being done at Cancer Research Wales. One lucky family were the winners of a voucher for a family of 4 to gain free entry to Folly Farm. A massive thank you goes to Folly Farm supporting Cancer Research Wales.
Cancer Research Wales funds pioneering research here in Wales, so the Urdd is an ideal setting to educate the Welsh speaking community of Wales about our work. Welsh speaking volunteers were on hand daily to communicate with our supporters, so a special thank you goes to all those that gave up their time to help us out at the Stand.
Our research is world-class and it’s local, so the developments we make in early diagnosis, treatment and cure will benefit cancer patients in Wales, and across the world. We are an independent Welsh charity, and all the money we raise is spent right here, in Wales. Money raised for Cancer Research Wales goes to clinical and laboratory based cancer research in universities and hospitals across the nation. That’s where the breakthroughs are taking place. It’s where our scientists are finding answers to the questions that are being asked by cancer researchers all over the world.
Dr Lee Campbell, our Research Projects and Science Communications Manager, said:
“Science is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe it is important to engage with the communities around Wales who make our research possible. We want to excite the public with science, inspire the next generation of leading cancer researchers, and empower people to understand more about the ground-breaking research that is happening in their local communities.”