After the fantastic success of 2011’s Race for Life, we are pleased to announce that Athona is taking part once again. Athona Director, Tina London raised an impressive £300 for Cancer Research last year completing the 5k race in 41 minutes. This year, the aptly named Athona Amigos will be taking to the tracks to hopefully smash a target of £500 raised through sponsorship and donation.

‘The Athona Amigos’ comprise of Director, Tina London, Business Manager for Medicine, Tanya Ironmonger and Business Development Manager for Mental Health, Joanna Hoskins. The ladies will be taking part in Race for Life on Saturday, May 26th in Brentwood.

As part of Athona’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy, we support and encourage our employees to help local community organisations and activities in our region.

Cancer Research UK is leading the world in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Every two minutes someone in the UK is told they have cancer.

To find out more, visit Race for Life’s website or to make a donation, visit The Three Amigos JustGiving page.

How Your Money Can Help

Did you know that 80p in every pound raised goes directly towards work to beat cancer? Here are some examples of how your contribution – big or small – can help:

£10 could buy 300 glass slides for studying cells and tumour samples in detail under the microscope.

£30 could buy around 250 plastic Petri dishes. They’re an essential resource for thousands of scientists who are working hard to understand cancer.

£54 could buy 22 thermometers (range -10°C to 110°C) – indispensable for many experiments that need to be performed at very precise temperatures.

£94 could cover the cost for one woman to take part in a clinical trial aiming to improve survival for post-menopausal women with early-stage breast cancer.

£123 could fund one cancer information nurse for a day. Our experienced cancer information nurses provide a confidential service for anyone with concerns about cancer.

£260 could buy a sophisticated microarray, a powerful piece of technology, helping scientists to scrutinise thousands of genes in a single experiment, and identify which are switched on in cancer.

£677 could cover the cost of one person taking part in a clinical trial testing chemotherapy before and after surgery, and the antibody drug Vectibix, to improve survival for bowel cancer patients.

£1,000 could cover around 22 day’s running expenses for an important lab project into a type of children’s cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. The study aims to identify molecules that are involved in driving tumour growth, and this could lead to improved treatments so that more children survive the disease in the future.