Sarcoma UK hosted a reception at the Treasury alongside Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP on Monday 25 September, Cancer Research Day.
The Chancellor’s brother, Charlie Hunt, 53, sadly died last month. This was three years after he was diagnosed with an ultra-rare form of sarcoma cancer called spindle cell sarcoma.
Sarcoma UK is spearheading efforts to fund more research into ultra-rare sarcomas. The charity has committed to raising £300,000 to invest into ultra-rare sarcoma research in 2023. Sarcoma UK is one of the biggest funders of sarcoma research in the UK, having invested more than £6 million into 76 research projects to date.
Sarcoma UK’s Chief Executive, Richard Davidson, said: ‘It was great to meet Mr Hunt and talk about our efforts to help people with ultra-rare sarcomas, something that has touched him personally with the sad death of his brother Charlie. Sarcoma UK has now set a research funding target to ensure people like Charlie Hunt, who raised almost £140,000 for our charity, have access to more effective treatments.’
Other special guests at the reception included Sheelagh and Roger Wilson CBE, founders of Sarcoma UK; Thandi Hunt, wife of Charlie Hunt; Professor Robin Jones, Head of the Royal Marsden sarcoma service, and Sarcoma UK celebrity ambassadors TommyInnit and DJ Graeme Park.
YouTube sensation and Sarcoma UK Celebrity Ambassador, TommyInnit, was moved to support sarcoma research after the death of his friend, Technoblade.