Cancer research charity Big C is the latest high-profile addition to the Norwich Research Park community. Relocating its operational offices at Centrum, establishes Big C at the heart of facilities and buildings where the lion’s share of its investment has been made in equipment, research and support.
Big C, which has a distinguished 35-year history at the heart of the Norfolk and Waveney community, was warmly welcomed to Centrum by Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, chief executive officer of Norwich Research Park.
She said: “Big C is an excellent charity, held in the highest affection. It is making a real difference in the global battle against cancer and it is a natural progression for its headquarters to be located here. It will be great for the operational team to be close to the researchers and clinicians within the collaborative community on site here.”
Dr Chris Bushby, chief executive officer, Big C, said: “We will be embedded in the place where we can link the findings of research with the continued support and care we offer cancer patients and their families. It will enable us to develop more opportunities for partnership working among healthcare and the medical communities which in turn could lead to increased access to further funding.”
A bonus for Big C, which puts 70p in every £1 raised back into supporting cancer patients and their families, is that its operational costs at Centrum are minimised thanks to greater efficiencies in the use of shared, state-of-the-art communal facilities.
The move represents a “homecoming” for Big C as the charity’s first fundraising project was £750,000 for a specialist cancer care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in the 1980s. A decade ago it opened its first Support and Information Centre also at Norwich Research Park following a £1m fundraising appeal.