Give Opinions is proud to be appointed as a patron for the Salford-based children's cancer charity, Kidscan.
In the UK, 20% of children diagnosed with cancer will not survive because treatment options are limited. Of those who do survive, 60% will develop life-altering disabilities. This is because the treatments used are often designed for adults and therefore cause lasting damage to children's smaller, more frail bodies. The reality is that those children who get the opportunity to ring the end-of-treatment bell can be left with debilitating issues and irreparable damage to organs, bones, muscles, and nerves. This damage can result in problems such as hearing loss, developmental issues, infertility, chronic pain, mobility issues, and organ failure that can lead to early mortality.
As only 3.5% of UK cancer research funding goes towards finding children's cancer treatments, only four childhood treatment therapies have been developed in the past 20 years. This is why Kidscan is dedicated to improving existing treatments, developing new drug delivery systems, and finding the next generation of targeted therapies. To date, the charity has invested over a million pounds in childhood cancer research at respected institutions across the UK.
The charity also raises awareness in the community via its Education Outreach programme. For 2023, Give Opinions will conduct a study with cancer survivors to form educational packs and interactive lessons for schools nationwide. Created in partnership with students at Salford University (Kidscan's research base), the packs will educate parents and schools about childhood cancer while inspiring children to become the childhood cancer researchers of the future and help speed up the discovery of new therapies.
To spearhead its mission, the charity recently appointed many high-profile Trustees and Patrons (including Give Opinions), where all are committed to using their private networks to support the charity.
Give Opinions will also be supporting the upcoming Winter Fundraising Ball, where stars of the screen and stage have united to support children's cancer research charity Kidscan by donating rare memorabilia (including guitars, artwork, and clothing) for an online charity auction. Renowned artists include Liam Gallagher, Rod Stewart, Nile Rodgers, Elbow, The Blossoms, The Pixies, The Courteeners, The Rolling Stones, and Arctic Monkeys.
Other exclusive hot ticket items include a signed guitar by Slash from Guns N' Roses, two red carpet tickets to the PFA awards (including an invite to the player's afterparty), a 1:1 Masterclass with two award-winning Hollywood Directors and Disney Animators, tickets to any Arctic Monkeys gig on their sold-out UK tour including signed merchandise, a seven day 5* holiday to St Lucia, a golf and spa holiday to Portugal, a limited edition Oasis Knebworth box set, British F1 Hospitality access, and much more.
These one-of-a-kind prizes will be available to bid on via the online auction house Superstars, giving collectors and fans worldwide a chance to get their hands on a piece of history from their favourite artists.
The auction will close on December 1st, 2022, where guests at the upcoming Kidscan Winter Ball can make any closing bids. This glittering event for 150 movers and shakers will be held at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, hosted by Nigel Clucas from Capital FM's Rob Ellis show, sponsored by digital agency Modern English and advertising agency Veda, and act as a wonderful celebration for 20 years of Kidscan.
Guests will enjoy a night of drinking, dancing, and donating; there will be street food, a raffle, a charity auction, a DJ, and a disco. They can also test their musical knowledge by participating in an interactive quiz created by Give Opinions. Adults will be pitched against the Kidscan Ambassadors and the Children of Ward 86 Manchester Children's Hospital's cancer treatment ward.
Kidscan's inspirational ambassadors will also take to the stage to talk about their experiences with cancer treatments and, importantly, the later-life effects that they have suffered.
Head of Operations and Marketing, Kirsty Leigh said:
"We can't wait to celebrate 20 years of Kidscan at our first charity ball, and we are so lucky to have such incredibly rare prizes to auction to raise funds.
As well as investing in vital childhood cancer research, our mission is to challenge the media image of childhood cancer and the idea that once a child has rung the bell, their journey is over. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and many childhood cancer survivors can go on to develop disabilities that can negatively impact the rest of their lives, leading to problems returning to education or finding employment.
It's a real tragedy that after being treated for cancer, many children have to suffer simply because not enough money is invested in finding better treatments."
Kidscan's inspirational mission has reached the ears of rock stars worldwide, with Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones, and many more all donating one-of-a-kind items (some still to be revealed) available to bid on from Tuesday, 15th November 2022 via online auction house Superstars.
To get your hands on a piece of music history, please visit: Superstars Kidscan Winter Ball Auction or follow Kidscan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for daily updates on exclusive mystery prizes.
To book Winter Fundraiser Ball tickets or sponsorship packages, visit Kidscan Winter Ball