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Race for Life Jersey 2019

Jersey women are being invited to kick-start the New Year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Cancer Survivor Xano is VIP for the day at new shop

Schoolboy Alexandre de Sousa, 10, who fought his way back from a rare childhood cancer, will be the VIP guest at the opening of a new shop in St Helier on Oct 22.


Kick-start 2018 and Sign Up for Race for Life Jersey

Cancer Research is inviting Jersey women to kick-start the New Year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.


Cancer is the main cause of death in Jersey, accounting for 34% of all deaths on the Island – which is why the charity is urging women of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities to enter Race for Life 5k or 10k events at Les Jardins de la Mer on Sunday 26th May 2019.


By signing up to Race for Life, women in Jersey will make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.


Funds raised from the event will benefit local residents by funding Cancer Research UK’s Research Centre based at Southampton Hospital.
Many patients from Jersey are treated in Southampton, it is considered the local hospital for Cancer treatment, as well as the closest hospital for clinical trials as there is no research environment in Jersey. By signing up for Race For Life, Islanders will be helping to raise money for life-saving cancer research that will help to beat cancer sooner.


This January (1-31 January), Jersey women are being offered 30% off entry fees for Race for Life 5k and 10k.

To enter Race for Life today visit or call 0300 123 0770.

Cancer Survivor Xano is VIP for the day at new shop

Schoolboy Alexandre de Sousa, 10, who fought his way back from a rare childhood cancer, will be the VIP guest at the opening of a new shop in St Helier on Oct 22.


Alexandre, known as Xano, from St Saviour, will cut the ribbon at the Cancer Research UK store in Halkett Place on Monday afternoon. He will be joined by the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, along with the charity’s supporters from around the island. Xano’s mum Sonia, 39, dad Ricky, 41, and big sister Monica, 20, will also be joining the celebration. The opening of the shop marks the end of one era and the start of another for shoppers in Jersey.


For more than 25 years, a shop supporting Cancer Research UK, has been run by volunteers from the island’s fundraising committee. But now the business has been handed over to the charity and has moved to bigger premises. The shop will have the same full-time manager and will retain all of the experienced volunteers. All profits will go towards helping Cancer Research UK prevent, diagnose and treat more than 200 types of cancer.


Xano’s family know from experience how this shop and others like it around the UK are vital to the charity’s life-saving work. Their encounter with cancer began in early summer 2013 when Xano’s was just four years old. He developed a rash on his hand which doctors thought was impetigo. Then he began dragging his feet on the way to school and started to run high temperatures. Worried, Sonia who works for HSBC, and Ricky, who works at Bel Royal garage, took him for more tests.


Eventually an MRI scan revealed shocking news – Xano had a broken spine, an injury his parents traced back to a minor slip from the end of a playground slide. Doctors diagnosed stage four *neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. Sonia said: “At that moment, I remember inhaling – and not being able to exhale. It was the scariest thing I had ever experienced.”


The family was invited to put Xano on an immunotherapy trial – he was the first child in the South of the UK to be offered this. Xano started chemotherapy immediately and then underwent an operation to remove a tumour on his kidney. There was the risk he would lose a kidney. And worse, one of his main arteries was wrapped around the tumour, making it a perilous operation.


Thankfully Xano did survive, kept both kidneys, and six and a half hours later, he woke up smiling! He then began the immunotherapy, which involved a series of injections and infusions over five months. Immunotherapy uses the immune system to fight cancer. It works by helping the immune system recognise and attack cancer cells.


Xano’s cancer journey was a long, painful and difficult road for the whole family. Xano missed more than a year of school had to learn to walk and eat again. Sonia said: ”It is the worst thing in the world to have a child and not be able to take their pain away.” But at the end of the immunotherapy treatment, Sonia was given the news she had been longing to hear.


“The doctor called us into her room and I only heard one word – ‘remission’. And that’s when I finally exhaled. It was the moment it everything Xano had been through made sense. He’d made it.”


Today Xano is a happy, healthy pupil at First Tower school. Sonia said: “He loves football and is goalkeeper for the school team. He has one or two allergies as a result of his treatment but otherwise he is just amazing. He is our very own superhero!”.


Xano said he was ‘happy and proud’ to open the shop. The new shop will sell good quality clothes, shoes and accessories as well as household goods, books, DVDs and greetings cards. Tim Finch, Retail Operations Manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re delighted to be opening this lovely new shop in Jersey. We hope people will pop in and discover the huge range of quality items on offer.


“The Jersey fundraising committee has done an amazing job of running a shop supporting the charity for more than a decade and we want to thank them for all their hard work and the hundreds of thousands of pounds they have raised.


“We both feel that now is the right time for the charity to take over the shop and make use of all the benefits of the trading team’s infrastructure.


“We’re now premises three times the size of the old shop in a prime location. We’re also able to make use of the 19 fully-trained volunteers they have. Normally a new shop takes a couple of years to get to this position but in Jersey we’re already there!


“We’re so grateful to Xano and his family for being our guests of honour, along with the Lieutenant Governor. Xano’s story really brings home the importance of raising funds to support the charity’s ground-breaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”


As well as the shop opening, the Jersey fundraising committee, chaired by Richard Hughes, is also celebrating 65 years of fundraising on the island. During that time the committee has raised £3.7 million.


The new shop will be open seven days a week – 9.00 to 5.30 Mon – Sat and 10.00 to 4.00 on a Sunday and will be run by mother and daughter team Jacqueline and Carina O’Connor. Jacqueline said: “People can help get the shop off to a flying start by shopping with us, donating stock for our shelves or generously offering their time as volunteers – we particularly need people at weekends.


“No matter how much time someone can give or what their experience, we would love them to get in touch. It all helps toward our goal of beating cancer sooner,” she added.

For more information about Cancer Research UK visit  or follow @CRUKShops on Twitter.

Latest Events

Relay for Life

Taking place on Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th July 2019 at FB Fields

Run 4 Men

Dates to be confirmed - Will be taking place September 2019

Race for Life

Taking place on Sunday, 26th May 2019 at Jardins de la Mer

Jersey Golf Day

Taking place on Friday, 19th July at Royal Jersey Golf Club


Relay for Life

Relay For Life is a year-round team fundraising challenge bringing communities together to beat cancer. Friends, family or workmates start or join a Relay fundraising team. Fundraise throughout the year, then join a 24-hour celebration showing that together we are stronger than cancer. Cancer never sleeps so neither do we. Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. Relay For Life is entirely free to enter and truly is an event for the entire family.

Organised by a dedicated volunteer committee, each Relay For Life event is a 24-hour community celebration. Teams, cancer survivors, their carers and volunteers come together to take part in a 24-hour Relay For Life event to show that together, we’re stronger than cancer.

  • •   Our VIP guests are our survivors of cancer. Each event begins with their lap of honour.
  • •   We all take it in turns to walk laps of a track, all day and all night to show cancer never sleeps.
  • •   A Candle of Hope ceremony sees the darkness lit up in memory of those we’ve lost.
  • •   Talks about CRUK’s ground-breaking science and cancer awareness health messaging, gives us real hope for the future.
  • •   Music from local performers gets us moving. Stalls and games are fun for all the family.
  • •   A closing ceremony celebrates our achievements, and inspires us all to continue the fight.

Run 4 Men

Run4Men is held annually in September, participants of all ages and abilities are invited to walk, jog or run two distances, 5km and 10km. The 5km course starts at Les Jardins de la Mer to Bel Royal and back again, the 10km course is to St Aubin and back again.

All entrants are provided with a commemorative CRUK race number and bib with RFID timing chips for recording individual times.  Participants can sign up via Race Nation (link to be supplied 6 months before race day), registration is £25 for adults and £10 for children under 16. Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship in addition to the entrance fee, all money raised is helping to beat cancer sooner.

Race for Life

Race for Life: This is Beating Cancer.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. This is no ordinary 5k event. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. The largest women-only fundraising event in the UK and Channel Islands to help beat cancer. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Walk, jog or run.

Jersey Golf Day

The Cancer Research UK Jersey Golf day is held annually at the Royal Jersey Golf Club. Corporate and private teams are welcome, participants are invited to enter teams of four to play 18 holes in a Stableford format.

The event is generously sponsored by Brooks Macdonald so that all money raised from the event goes towards life-saving research work. Additional sponsorship and branding opportunities are available around the course as a way for local businesses to advertise and support the charity. The entrance fee is £700 per team which includes green fees, bacon rolls and coffee at the start, refreshments on the course and lunch in the clubhouse.  Since its establishment the golf day has raised in excess of £250k for Cancer Research UK, it is a well-supported and longstanding event in the golfing calendar.

To make enquiries or enter a team please contact by email or telephone 01534715517.


Support Us

Each year, many volunteers in Jersey help us through a variety of ways to raise money for Cancer Research. We greatly appreciate the valuable contribution from every single person, helping us to beat cancer and save lives.

Below are some of the ways in which you can get involved in helping us beat cancer:

Help us to raise money by joining us in an event organised by Cancer Research UK. Every year we host an array of fantastic events including Run4Men, Race for Life and Relay for Life. There have also been a number of Jersey entrants who have run and raised sponsorship for Cancer Research in the London Marathon.
Every year, hundreds of people in Jersey unite to help raise money for Cancer Research UK. We’re grateful to every single person, because we know that every pound raised plays an important part of beating cancer sooner.
We offer an array of charity volunteer roles, giving you the chance to support our pioneering, life-saving research in many ways. Volunteer in our local charity shop, volunteer at an event and help fundraise in your community.
You can buy a range of products from the Cancer Research UK online shop or from your local shop on 56 Halkett Place.

Where Your Donations Go

Money raised throughout Jersey goes towards the Southampton Cancer Research Centre.

The strong relationship between Jersey and Southamption is crucial for the many patients from Jersey who are treated in Southampton; it is considered the local hospital for Cancer treatment, as well as the closest hospital for clinical trials as there is no research environment in Jersey.

The local committee maintains a close working relationship with the team at Southampton, ensuring that funds raised in Jersey are allocated with a tangible benefit to Islanders.

The Southampton Cancer Research Centre has more than 150 scientists, doctors and nurses are working faster and smarter to beat cancer sooner.

Last Year in Southampton...

...we funded 5 PhD students and 5 new Investigators...

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...we supported 12 clinical trials...

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...and we spent over £6 million on research!

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Thanks to dramatic improvements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, survival rates for people with cancer have doubled over the last 40 years.

Meet the survivors:


Xano was five when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. This little boy received immunotherapy over a five month period and is now in complete remission. Xano is loving life and school with a positive attitude! We can save many more lives with Southampton’s new Centre for Cancer immunology, but we need your help!

Cancer Research UK carries out out word-class research into the biology and causes of cancer. Cancer is a highly complex disease that is still only partly understood. Only through a better understanding of the disease will the improved treatments, diagnostics and prevention strategies of the future be developed.
Cancer Research UK develops effective treatments and improves the quality of life for cancer patients – Research will be carried out to accelerate cancer cure rates, aiming to translate our understanding of the disease into effective treatments. Research will also be directed at improving the quality of life of those patients whose disease cannot be cured.
Cancer Research UK aims to reduce the number of people getting cancer – Research is carried out into the influence of lifestyle, individual risk, environment and interventions such as vaccination on cancer, and into how people can change their behaviours to reduce their risk of the disease. We will make the wider public aware of cancer risk factors.
As a leading international research organisation, Cancer Research UK provides authoritative cancer information to the public and promotes the best treatments and prevention strategies to governments, commercial organisations, those responsible for cancer care and the media.

About Us

Cancer Research UK Jersey is the local fundraising committee of Cancer Research UK, the largest volunteer supported cancer research organisation in the world. The committee traces its roots back to July 1953 when the then Bailiff of Jersey, Lord Coutanche, initiated the establishment of a Jersey fundraising team.

The Jersey committee is dedicated to actively promoting fundraising initiatives in aid of Cancer Research UK, in order to support research into the cause of cancer and the means of treating it more effectively. With your help, we believe we can beat cancer sooner.

The committee members are as follows:

Richard Hughes – Chairman
Anita Brown – Vice Chairman
Robert Christensen MBE – Ambassador
Jo Guillou – Treasurer
Adrienne Hodgson – Secretary
Flora Newman – Public Relations
Rebecca Baron – Committee Member
Nicola Mollet – Committee Member
Gus Fraser – Committee Member
Ed Le Gallais – Committee Member
Carly Begbie – Relay Committee
Ali Hand – Relay Committee


Contact Us

By post:

Cancer Research UK Jersey
C/o Brooks Macdonald International
First Floor Liberation House
Castle Street
St Helier

By phone: 01534715576 (Office hours) 07797955576 (Evenings) By e-mail:

56 Halkett Place
St Helier

By phone: 01534480825 Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday
9:00am to 5:30pm

10:00am to 4:00pm