Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We’ve saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years. We fund research into more than 200 types of cancer from the most common, such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers, to rare types of tumours and children’s cancers, we support groundbreaking science that benefits everyone.
Force Cancer Charity
FORCE is a Devon based charity committed to people whose lives are affected by cancer. Over the last 29 years FORCE has raised over £12 million to help fund local cancer services. Why local? Simply because anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home. Although FORCE was originally set up in 1987 to fund local research, (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre Exeter); the Charity has responded to the changing needs of people affected by cancer. In 2004 we opened a purpose built Cancer Support and Information Centre in the grounds of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. The Centre offers a relaxing supportive environment where people can access a full range of advice, support and information under one roof. In addition to supportive care, and the purchase of important equipment to improve treatment, FORCE remains committed to local cancer research. FORCE funds research within the Peninsula Medical School which is currently focused on lung and ovarian cancers. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK and it can spread to the brain as a secondary tumour. Our research is focused on understanding how this cancer spreads through the behaviour of certain cells. Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to treat because the early stages of the disease are relatively symptom-free and patients are often not diagnosed until the cancer has spread. The actual processes involved in the spread of ovarian cancer are not really understood and FORCE funded research is hoping to change this. This year our funding requirements will top £1.25 million - all of this sum will be raised through voluntary contributions. In an increasingly global world, FORCE focuses on local people, offering help and support, face to face. If you would like to learn more about the work of FORCE please call 01392 402875.

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WOW!! You're about to blitz our target of £20,000. And amazingly, on the day the Smugglers take to the water to start their 289mile Challenge, you've done it. You have all been so wonderfully generous. An almighty THANKYOU from us and our two charities.

But we cannot stop there I hear you fellow Smugglers cry...Can we? So let's go for £30,000

What is The Smugglers’ Challenge?

Our team of four, including two RNLI volunteers, is planning to prone paddle board 289 miles around the coast of Cornwall starting at Mayflower Steps, The Barbican, Plymouth and finishing (hopefully!) at the lock gates, Bude, on the 8th September - National ‘Stand Up For Cancer’ Day.

With your help we hope to smash our fundraising target of £20,000.

Our track record

After the success of the epic 3 Peaks Row Challenge back in 2011 that involved 389 miles rowing, 62 miles running and 27 miles cycling (raising over £25,000 for charity) Brown approached Liam and suggested doing another fundraiser. Having himself been recently diagnosed with a brain tumour, Brown was motivated by his first-hand experience of the huge impact cancer has on countless people and their loved ones - The Smugglers’ Challenge was born.

The aim is to raise as much money for both the nationally renowned charity, Cancer Research UK, together with South West cancer charity, Force, in recognition of the great work they do with regard to research development and patient/family care.

Generous individual and small business donors are supporting the challenge with equipment and provisions (including safety Yacht, 10 day food supplies, wetsuits and the paddle board which is the very one Olympian rower James Cracknell used for his channel crossing) but we are requesting donations from you to go directly to the chosen charities.

Fact: In Exeter radiology department alone there is an average of 63 newly diagnosed starters per week just like Brown.

Research is imperative as early stage cancer treatment is significantly less expensive than treatment for advanced disease:

•               For colon cancer, stage 1 treatment costs £3,373, whereas stage 4 treatment costs £12,519

•               For rectal cancer, stage 1 treatment costs £4,449, whereas stage 4 treatment costs £11,815

•               For lung cancer, stage 1 treatment costs £7,952, whereas stage 4 treatment costs £13,078

•               For ovarian cancer, stage 1 treatment costs £5,328, whereas stage 4 treatment costs £15,081

£100 covers the cost of giving one patient the Cytosponge test and analysing their results in the lab to diagnose early stages of oesophageal cancer.

£150 covers cancer research funding for a day.

£270 covers the cost of a trial for a day to find the best treatment for children with a rare type of leukaemia, whose cancer has come back after treatment.

£400 is the cost of running Cancer Chat for one day helping thousands of people through very difficult times.

£500 covers physio/exercise service in house for one week.

£750 provides children/family service for a week.

£1,000 covers Force outreach services for one day.

£1,250 is the Force Centre running cost for half a day.

Recent donors


05.10.17 Well done boys, a fantastic challenge for worthy causes

18.09.17 Well done lads. And get well Brown. Love, Misty x



15.09.17 Well done guys, I met you in the ship in fowey when you were harbouring from the storm, you told me all about your journey- I was amazed! congratulations on a huge achievement, you should be proud of yourselves. I hope you are all well jo and jonathon

14.09.17 Well Done on your amazing achievement!

14.09.17 Well Done Lads - a little more towards the target!

11.09.17 Well done to you all! Jon, Meg and Jess Chapman


10.09.17 Congratulations

10.09.17 Fantastic Effort and Charities well done guys !

10.09.17 Congratulations on completing this amazing Journey.


07.09.17 Fantastic Job guys very proud of you all, I watched my dad and granddad die of cancer and I have watched my best friends little girl diagnosed at 10 months beat 2 lots of cancer. You really are Legends, especially you Brown. Sending lots of love Ads

07.09.17 Big respect.

06.09.17 Very proud of you guys. 200 percent effort all the time. Well done.

06.09.17 Best of luck to you all....


05.09.17 Well done little bro from big sis. An absolutely amazing effort by one and all.

05.09.17 Well done!

05.09.17 Liz Priest

05.09.17 Awesome challenge guys massive well done. Paul Rebecca and boys

05.09.17 Congratulations!!!

05.09.17 Absolutely brilliant! Huge congratulations!


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