As Blaston Show looks forward to celebrating its 60th Anniversary, the show committee is delighted to announce its headline charity for this landmark year.

Established in 2003, Hope Against Cancer funds cutting edge research into cures for cancer and makes clinical trials available to the people of Leicestershire and Rutland. The charity has, to date, funded over 60 research projects tackling many different forms of cancer, with the focus on beating, not simply managing, the disease.

In 2012 Hope opened a dedicated Clinical Trials Facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary, as a partnership between the University of Leicester, University Hospitals of Leicester and the charity itself. The first of its type outside of London, the Facility offers local people with cancer the opportunity to help develop new cancer drug treatments through taking part in these trials.

Fund raising is key to Hope Against Cancer’s success: it costs £150,000 to run a major cancer research project. Since 2003 over £5million has been raised, contributing to the encouraging fact that one in two patients now beat cancer, and survive for 10 years or more. It is life changing work.

Nigel Rose, CEO of Hope Against Cancer, said of the partnership with Blaston Show: “We are delighted and honoured to be the headline charity of such a well-established annual event, particularly on its 60th Anniversary. We would like to thank the Trustees, committee and all the organisers of the Show for supporting Hope. Such support is vital to ensure we continue to make a positive difference to local cancer patients across Leicestershire and Rutland.”

Oli Lee, Chairman of Blaston & District Agricultural Society which runs the Show, commented: “Hope Against Cancer is a very worthy recipient of our support. Over the last five years we have given away over £20,000 to local charities, and I am confident that we will be able to raise support for, and awareness of, the invaluable work carried out by Hope Against Cancer for the people of Leicestershire and Rutland.”