UCARE relys on the kind support of your donations, our volunteers and advisers to achieve our aims.
His Grace the Duke of Marlborough
Son of the 10th Duke of Marlborough his principal seat is Blenheim Palace, Woodstock Oxfordshire. His Grace has committed his life to the preservation of Blenheim Palace which is now a World Heritage site, and is a great supporter to Oxfordshire.
Lord and Lady Saye and Sele
We take great pleasure in welcoming Lord and Lady Saye and Sele of Broughton Castle as patrons of UCARE.
Gerald Seymour was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock and UC London (Modern History) was a reporter with ITN for fifteen years, and is now a novelist.
Born in Oxford and living locally, Simon Burnett is the only man in history to be British Record holder at 50, 100 and 200 metres freestyle Simon Burnett is one of Great Britain's greatest medal prospects. Simon is also Patron of Thame Swimming Club, Oxfordshire.
Simon, who is a double Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was competing in his third Olympics but has called time on his swimming career. Simon still holds the British record for 100m and 200m freestyle.
Of the Olympics, Simon says the experience of swimming in front of his home crowd will live long in his memory.
Simon will settle in the United States but will still be a great ambassador for UCARE. Even in defeat, Simon displayed why he’s a champion and great sportsman in the eyes of many in both America and GB — and beyond.
Our trustees founded UCARE in June 2007. They are responsible for UCARE's governance, and are involved in the charity's management and direction. The duties of a trustee.
Julian Briant, Chair
Julian, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, has spent the last 25 years in the City in banking with Robert Fleming and latterly with ING Barings. He has worked in Asia and Europe as well as the UK and has extensive experience in Corporate Finance, fund raising, and the advisory business.
Having recently left the City, he has now set up his own advisory firm. Julian is also a trustee of another charity LEPRA.
David Mortimer ACMA MIOD, Treasurer
David is a Finance Director working mainly with large organisations in the hotel and contract food services industries.
David Cranston MBChB D.Phil FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Ed)
David is a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Oxford and an Oxford University Lecturer in Surgery. His special interest is in renal cancer and transplantation and was awarded his D.Phil in 1986.
In 1992, David set up a research programme with Professor Adrian Harris, Director of the Cancer Research UK unit in Oxford, and has had 10 research fellows who have carried out outstanding work in investigating bladder and kidney cancer.
Since 2001, he has been the lead co-ordinator in a major research project on High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound as a novel way of treating cancer without surgery.
Jeremy Crew was appointed as Consultant Urological Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Oxford in 2001. He provides a general urological service with a specialist interest in urological malignancy in Oxford and Banbury and is the lead for bladder cancer. Jeremy takes an active part in cancer management nationally and sits on the NCRI bladder cancer committee, the national cancer peer review team and the Action on Bladder Cancer (ABC) group.
He has been involved with UCARE since its inception and has sat on its Scientific Advisory Committee since the outset.
Myles is a former senior partner at KPMG and UK Board member. Over 20 years as a partner he was responsible for growing their UK restructuring business. He retired in 2010 and is currently advising several businesses in a personal capacity.
Ken has worked in the golf and leisure industry for the last 28 years, during this time he has designed owned and operated 14 leisure facilities including Country Clubs, Hotels, Health Clubs, Restaurants/Bars and Night Clubs.
His current business is Studley Wood Golf Club Oxford.
Anthony was a Senior Partner of Henmans, Oxford, for 30 years. He is now a Consultant with Henmans and has an active interest in the firm's national charity department.
Anthony is also actively involved with sport. He plays international hockey for the veteran age group and is a member of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Lynda is a teacher and she also runs a Buckinghamshire company that manufactures biological products. Her husband was successfully treated in Oxford over a ten-year period for prostate cancer.
Dr Andrew Protheroe MB BS FRCP PhD
Andrew has been a Consultant Medical Oncologist in Oxford since 2001, with a speciality of Uro-oncology appointed for clinical research. He is a member of the NCRI clinical studies group for bladder and renal cancer. Trained in oncology at Leeds with research training in Leeds and Amsterdam, he was awarded a PhD in 2000.
“In Oxford, we have world-class researchers, doctors and nurses but we often don't have enough funds to support our vital research. We want patients to receive the best possible care and treatment. UCARE will help us to achieve this goal.” Dr Andrew Protheroe
Mr Mark Sullivan MB BS, MD, FRCS (Urol) is a Consultant Urological Surgeon with research interests in the area of kidney cancer, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He took up his appointment as a Consultant Urologist in Oxford in April 2003. His practise is based at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford and The Horton Hospital, Banbury.
He received his medical training from University College and Middlesex Hospital, and then his surgical training in London and Cambridge before undertaking 2 years full time research, culminating in a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1999. He completed his urological training in Oxford and then undertook a UroOncology fellowship at Monash University Hospital in Melbourne, Australia in 1999 followed by a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery in Basingstoke, UK in 2002.
He has been involved with UCARE since its inception and has sat on its Scientific Advisory Committee since the outset. He completed a charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats in 2011 to raise money for UCARE.
UCARE advocates can be anyone affected by urological cancer and are often someone with a urological cancer diagnosis, a partner, or carer, of all ages, gender and background. Their common ground is that they want to use their experience to see better outcomes for people with urological cancer by becoming part of the UCARE team.
There are lots of ways to be involved:
- Campaign for UCARE
- Joining us at a UCARE event so that guests can chat and share your experiences
- Speak about UCARE at an event
- Attend cheque giving events and say thank you on our behalf
- Writing pieces for our newsletters and web site
- Helping review UCARE material
- Letting us know how we can improve
- Act as an ambassador for the charity
You don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to campaign on our behalf. However, if there are any skills you feel that we could benefit from, please do let us know. If you can’t attend events, can’t travel very far, or do not feel confident speaking, there are still things you could help us with as mentioned above. We will let you know what’s coming up and different opportunities where you can help us. We will supply you with information, guidance and support you will need about the charity and any event that you will attend.
If you are interested to find out how you can help, please do get in touch.
Clive, who is a patient himself, is helping with our community fundraising activities. He has a background in banking and was previously a volunteer with the local branch of the Alzheimer's Society.
Clive also chairs FROG, Friends of Renal Oncology Group, the Oxfordshire support group for people with kidney cancer.
Our heartfelt congratulations to Clive Stone who was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours 2011.
Jean’s involvement with UCARE arose from gratitude for her husband’s care and also her realisation that low public awareness of urological cancers affects both early diagnosis and the raising of funds for life-saving research. She had no fundraising experience but has found that “doors open unexpectedly”. She would encourage anyone with experience of urological cancers, indirect or direct, to become involved as “though it might not necessarily seem so, we all have something to offer”.
I've had cancer twice now and both times I have been treated by Andy Protheroe who is one of the UCARE founding trustees. In 2004, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to my Lymph and Lung which was treated with surgery and 3 months of Chemotherapy but then 3 years later I relapsed with a tumour in my chest. After major surgery, I am now in remission again. Since then I've committed to pushing myself and not just surviving but thriving.
I was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer when I was 40 years old, which led to the removal of my right kidney and a large tumour. Three years later a reoccurrence in my lung saw further surgery.
I understand the physical effects of cancer more than most but also understand the distressing affect it has had on my wife, two teenage sons, wider family, friends and colleagues.
Knowing that UCARE funds cutting edge research gives me, and many other people, enormous hope for the future.
Testicular cancer (TC) crept up and tapped me on the shoulder, well actually it was a fair bit lower down than that, in autumn 2007 at the late age of 56. Five plus years have now passed under the fantastic care and support of the Urology (Jeremy Noble) and Oncology (Andrew Protheroe) teams at Churchill Hospital.
TC is always seen as a 'Young Mans cancer' but it just goes to show guys, you're never too old to stop the regular self-check.
Since diagnoses, in my own small way, I attempt to raise awareness on the subject of TC in schools & colleges Art Department Life Drawing sessions and where possible raise add any donated cash to the UCARE cause. Check your nads lads!
Hi, my name is Cilla Slipper and together with my husband Michael have been riding the rollercoaster of living with Kidney Cancer for the past 8 years.
When discovered the cancer had spread to four other sites and there is not a day goes past without thanking Andy Protheroe and David Cranston, two of the founding Trustees of UCARE and their teams. During the years, they and UCARE have given the most amazing support and encouragement. This has enabled me to spend quality time with family and friends, cycling, walking the dogs and travelling etc. Also to continue giving Historical Talks/ Tour Guiding on a local and national level as well as making the occasional contribution on Radio Swindon.
It hasn’t always been easy as many of you know but… although we know as yet that there is no cure for Kidney Cancer research is discovering new possibilities and what was so new when I started on my journey is common practice today. Research is the key together with the innovations of all involved with UCARE and this is why I am so looking forward to using my skills on behalf UCARE and publicising the wonderful work they do and the service and HOPE they give.
Val Berry, Development Officer
Val is responsible for assisting the Trustees and developing UCARE. Val is an ex-nurse with many years experience in research administration. She is also responsible for the finances, the administration of our projects and for fundraising and charity events