PCRC’s Research Journey: What we gained and what we didn’t want to lose
Last year, we spent over £2million in research in a single year, growing our funded projects by an incredible 175% – moving, in one giant leap, from funding 4 projects in 2 locations to funding 11 projects, in 7 locations. Our most northern project is now in Aberdeen, whereas this time last year, it was South London!
We were able to do this due to the generosity and dedication of our supporters, and the talent and commitment of my colleagues. As our income grew, we wanted to grow our potential for making a difference. People generously give to us so we can invest it in research to save lives and everything we do as a charity is driven by the impact we can have for families affected by prostate cancer. Growing our research so dramatically gives us even more hope that we can have a future where no family needs to fear a prostate cancer diagnosis.
When we were a smaller charity, our scientists had a sense of community. With a number of them even based in the same campus, they could very easily share ideas. We didn’t want to lose that. A researcher based in Newcastle isn’t going to bump into a Cardiff scientist in the corridor, so we would have to create opportunities to bring our scientists together.