We are delighted that Jo Brand and Claudia Winkleman have become our first charity Ambassadors for Dimbleby Cancer Care. Jo and Claudia both supported us at our World’s Greatest Quiz Night in September last year, helping us to raise over £40,000 on the night to support people living with cancer.

Taking on the more formal role of Ambassador Jo explains, “It’s a sad truth that most of us know someone with a diagnosis of a type of cancer, and despite advances in research and treatment, the reality is the same – anxiety, uncertainty of the outcome, the feeling of facing the unknown. I am honoured to publicly endorse the work of Dimbleby Cancer Care, as an ambassador, since the very essence of their work is to reduce that anxiety and uncertainty. The staff based at St Thomas’ and Guys Hospitals offer support to the sufferer, to their family and friends who must all gather strength to embark on an often rough road, but with an assurance they will be guided through the journey together.”

Dimbleby Cancer Care’s main fundraising focus at the moment is on the £500,000 Care For The Future Appeal which is raising vital funds to continue supporting and expand the Dimbleby Information and Support Services at the new Guy’s Cancer Centre when it opens in 2016. As treatments improve and people live longer with and after cancer, the demand on cancer care services is greater and greater.

Claudia said, “The work that Dimbleby Cancer Care undertakes in the cancer community is vital. Often when you are diagnosed with cancer your first thoughts go towards your medical care but Dimbleby Cancer Care provide practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and their families to ensure that their lives can continue on as normal as possible during and after treatment. It’s an incredible charity and I’m really pleased to do anything I can to support the work they do.”