Donations - PALMA

The Freemasons have been very kind enough to provide many thoughtful and welcome donations to the Trust and the University of Liverpool, which go towards vital pieces of equipment and research into both Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatitis, known as the PALMA account.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity provided a grant of £75,000 to help fund pioneering research work in the battle to beat a devastating disease – Pancreatic Cancer.

Deputy Provincial Grand Master Brian Gillbanks presented the cheque to Professor John Neoptolemos, Head of the Institute of Cancer Studies, University of Liverpool, and Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Molecular and Clincial Cancer Medicine, at the the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Present at the event was Freddie Wright, of Eureka Lodge, who had medical problems for some time before he was referred to Professor Neoptolemos. Freddie has no hesitation in saying that the Professor's prompt action in treating him for Pancreatitis saved his life. Freddie was in hospital for six weeks and he is still receiving treatment and undergoing regular checks.

At the presentation ceremony Professor Neoptolemos said the research programme was costing £5,000,000 and the vaccine would cost another £5,000,000. He thanked Freemasonry “very much indeed” for the £75,000  donation.

The grant from the Grand Charity is to support the TeloVac trial for people with advanced pancreatic cancer which will add a new vaccine to standard chemotherapy and create a new standard of care for the disease.   Donation_of_£75000_to_pancreatic_cancer

Pictured in one of the research laboratories after the cheque presentation are: from left to right Freddie Wright, Victoria Shaw, Katies Bullock, Professor John Neoptolemos and Brian Gillbanks.           


We wish to thank the West Lancashire Freemasons, the Eureka Lodge, Crosby Masonic Lodge, Discount Gas Sales, Bootle Rose Croix Chapter, Mr Tommy Cliffe , and especially Mr Freddie Wright, for all their fundraising efforts towards our research.  They have helped towards our fundraising for a specialist -80oC freezer to store the samples from our rapidly expanding biobanks.

Hearing of the appeal the PBRU raised towards the purchase of the new freezer,Freddie Wright, Brian Gillbanks and Joe Williams visited the new PBRU laboratories in Liverpool Liverpool Royal Infirmary. Whilst they were there they met Professor Sutton to present him with a number of cheques which have assisted with our purchase. 

Brian visits the PBRU


After the presentation the party were given a tour of the laboratories by Diane Latawiec (PBRU Technician) and Dr Jane Armstrong (PBRU PostDoc Scientist), Dr Muhammad Awais (PBRU PostDoc Scientist) showed them the Confocal Lab.



They were also shown round the Clinical Research Unit that has been opened since Fred’s last visit to the Royal Liverpool Hospital by Dr Richard Fitzgerald (CRU Director) and Lorraine Burgess (CRU Project Manager).

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