Pancreatic Cancer UK is delighted to have the support of the following charity ambassadors:
Madness Frontman, Suggs
"My wife Anne's sister, Alanah, was such a big part of our lives. She radiated the most extraordinary, non judgemental joy everywhere she went. She is no longer here. Her illness and death from pancreatic cancer came as a huge shock to us all and at her wake we vowed to do something to help research into pancreatic cancer. I am delighted to be an Ambassador of Pancreatic Cancer UK and will do all I can to support the charity, including through the fundraiser, An evening with Suggs and friends organised by the Gig Company, which takes place each year in Alanah's memory."
Dr Sarah Jarvis, Media Medic
"While survival rates for many other cancers have rocketed in recent years, death rates for pancreatic cancer remain tragically high. We urgently need investment in research to bring hope to the many sufferers of this dreadful disease and their families."
Bo Bruce, singer/songwriter
"My mother was diagnosed in January 2012, and within six months she was gone. I can remember, in the beginning, not understanding the aggression of the disease and it is easy to feel that there is not much hope. I am keen to support the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK so that I can help them in their efforts to raise awareness of this disease and to show that there is hope. For me, the answer lies in there being a dramatic increase in research investment."
Piers Morgan, Journalist and Presenter
"Many of us know someone either directly or indirectly who has been affected by pancreatic cancer and we are all equally responsible in helping drive positive change and raise much needed funds."
Dr Mark Porter, MBE, Times Medical Correspondent
"Both my parents had pancreatic cancer so I am too aware of the terrible toll exacted by the disease. My family and I wholeheartedly support Pancreatic Cancer UK's Campaign for Hope and their ambition to work with others to double the five-year survival rates for pancreatic cancer."
Margaret Magnusson,TV producer and daughter of Magnus Magnusson, television presenter, journalist, translator and writer
"My father's death from pancreatic cancer was shockingly fast - under 3 months from the day of his diagnosis. Our family, like so many others, knew nothing about the disease so I fully support all efforts to raise its profile - both amongst the public and within the medical profession."
Geoffrey Munn, British Jewellery Specialist and Writer, Expert on BBC's Antique Roadshow
"I am really excited about becoming an Ambassador for Pancreatic Cancer UK. The charity has been working hard to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and ensure the disease secure increased focus and attention, but a great deal needs to be done if survival rates and quality of life are going to be improved for pancreatic cancer patients. I hope to play a role in helping Pancreatic Cancer UK achieve its aim to double five-year survival rates."
Michael Collins, Clarinettist and Conductor
"I am honoured and consider it a privilege to be an Ambassador for Pancreatic Cancer UK. I have been in some way touched by this disease when I supported a close friend through his experience of pancreatic cancer and understood at first hand how helpless one feels dealing with this situation. I previously had no idea what people go through with this cancer, and for some time have felt strongly moved to do something to help. My involvement through music will, I hope, raise much needed awareness as well as enable the charity to continue its invaluable work, especially by investing in innovative research where it will make the most impact on the disease."
Jo Willey, former Health Editor of the Daily Express, runs her own media strategy and training consultancy Jo Willey Media.
"My mother’s death from pancreatic cancer in 1999 was shockingly fast and devastating for all the family. After 18 months of being dismissed and told by doctors she was making up her symptoms and had nothing wrong with her, she was finally diagnosed and given three months to live at best. But as is often the way with this terrible cancer, she passed away just 12 days later, robbing us all of the chance to say proper goodbyes. We hadn’t even had time to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis. It is incredibly upsetting and frustrating that 15 years on, very little has changed and thousands of other families are dealing with this brutal disease in much the same way. I am delighted to have been asked to become an Ambassador for Pancreatic Cancer UK and I firmly believe with continuing support and help to raise awareness of the disease, research can and will make the difference between life and death, improving survival rates and giving people precious extra days and months with their loved ones."