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Merseyside Regional Head and Neck Cancer Centre
How will head or neck cancer affect my life

2013 Fundraising:


An incredible 'wedding present' from an inspiring couple.

Rather than wedding presents, newly-weds Gill and Rob Warburton asked if their family and friends would make a donation towards the work done by the teams at the Mersey Regional Head and Neck Cancer Centre.

On Friday 13th November Prof Richard Shaw, flanked by senior colleagues from the head and neck teams in Merseyside, was delighted to accept a cheque for £2,483 from the happy couple. An incredible amount raised by an amazing and inspiring couple.

Cheque presentation

As Gill herself explains, the story of their relationship hasn't exactly been uneventful...

"Rob and I met in 2007 while I was living in York and he was here on the Wirral - we met on holiday in North Wales where both sets of parents have a caravan and they had been good friends for 25 years without Rob and I having ever met!

In August 2008 he was diagnosed with mouth cancer & had extensive surgery, operated on by Mr Shaw. He had squamous-cell carcinoma of the tongue which resulted in the removal of a large portion of his tongue and needed reconstruction of the right side of his mouth with tissue from his thigh.

This was followed by a six week course of radiotherapy at Clatterbridge.

Recovery was very difficult for him with a few complications along the way, however Rob & I grew closer and I moved over to the Wirral in July 2009 to be with him.

He was hit with another complication in 2011 when he developed osteoradionecrosis of the mandible and in September of that year the necrotic bone was removed and his jaw reconstructed using bone from his fibular.

However just before he was due to undergo the surgery he proposed to me at the top of Snowdon.

Then on 23 November of this year we got married and it was the happiest day of our lives - I was incredibly proud of him standing up and giving his speech in front of a room full of people."

Rob being able to give a speech at his own wedding, indeed having a wedding at all, has been a long and at times difficult journey for the couple - though you wouldn't guess this from their smiles and laughter today. They specifically asked if they could present their cheque to Professor Shaw as a 'thank you' to Richard and his team for making their wedding possible. Touchingly, signing the 'big' cheque used for the photographs was actually the first time Gill had used her 'new' signature.

We would like to add our own sincere thanks to Gill and Rob for their generosity, and wish them a very happy life together.


Charity Pub Quiz

being organized by the Students from Liverpool Dental School

Thursday 5th December at Rileys Sports Bar, Bolton Street, Liverpool

Quiz starts at 8pm.

If anyone wants to enter a team - its a maximum of 6, minimum of 4 people, with a £1 entry fee per person

For further information please contact Amanda, via her email:

Click here for a Charity Quiz Night Poster


Looking ahead to 2014....

We're already getting people signing up for the "rock and roll" marathon/half marathon happening on the May Bank holiday Sunday (25th) next year.

Simon Rogers has already said he will consider the full marathon, and we know of others who have signed up for the half marathon and will be running on our behalf.

Competitor registration is via:

And we'll also be putting together a team for another crack at the Wirral Half Marathon/10k event next October (see below for details of our sucessful - if windswept - participants this year)

Of course, if you want to enter something else, or organise your own event - just let us know!!!

Design a T-Shirt competion!

Yes - we need a new T-shirt - just for us.

It has to include the charity name and registration number, but apart from that the design is up to you!

You don't have to be the next Rembrant, a simple sketch will do. And indeed, simple designs tend to be the most effective!

Remember to indicate any colours of your design, and to tell us what colour you think the T-shirt itself should be.

Draw it out and post it to:

Design a T-shirt Competition
c/o Merseyside Regional Head and Neck Cancer Centre
MFU Directorate
University Hospital Aintree
Lower Lane
Liverpool L9 7AL

And we'll chose the winning design at our Patient and Carer Support Group meeting on 7th February 2014

UPDATE - October 2013

They did it!!!!

Running over 13 miles (21 kilometres) over tarmac and across sand, through the cold, wind and rain of an October morning John Gill, Prof Simon Rogers, Andy Lyon and Neil Shallcross all successfully completed the Wirral Half Marathon to raise funds in support of the Merseyside Regional Head and Neck Cancer Centre.

WIrral Half Marathon Runners

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has already given their support - not to mention to the increasingly frostbitten 'cheering squad' who gathered on the seafront at New Brighton to add their support to our runners efforts, and to Simon and Sian for hosting the gathering afterwards.

So if you've not done so already, please search our valiant runners out to give them your sponsorship. And remember, it's never too late to add your donation to their fundraising efforts - just visit our online donation site at: aintreeuniversityhospitals

The Windswept Cheering Squad

Calling all runners....

Sunday 13th October - "Wirral Half Marathon"

We currently have a team of four brave runners committed to undertaking the Wirral Half Marathon - Prof. Simon Rogers will be being joined by Neil Shallcross, John Gill (a spry 63 year old) and Andrew Lyon (head and neck cancer patient).

If you would like to join them, then its not (quite) too late - you can book your individual place online through the event organisers at:

So if you do want to join in - just let us know, and we'll see what we can do with T-shirts and sponsor forms!

We're also going to be putting together a bit of a cheering squad, to gather towards the finish post, bright and breezy on Sunday morning.

So why not put your best foot forward and join us?


We are delighted to announce that the students at the University of Liverpool Dental School have chosen us as one of the two charities they will be supporting in the academic year ahead.

Their first event on our behalf is a

Charity Bake Sale

being held at the Dental School on Wednesday 9th October

So if you're passing, and feeling peckish...

All those delicious calories will be in a very good cause (just remember to brush your teeth properly afterwards!)

Head On 2013

UPDATE - September 2013

The music event of the head and neck calendar was another sell-out success!

Vince Killen (event organizer, head and neck cancer patient, and mean bass player for 'Crowded Scouse') believes that the evening has raised about £2,800.

Certainly a great time was had by all - you could hear the music and festivities all the way down Bold Street!


We now have further details for the live music event of the 'Head and Neck' calendar!

Friday 20th September at Leaf Café

(Leaf on Bold Street, 65-67 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ)

Doors open 8.00pm
Bands start 8.30pm

Line up to include: Chegwin, Crowded Scouse, the Vinos

Tickets cost just £10

You can purchase them via the Facebook page that has been set up for the event at:

Or by emailing Vince on:

There is also a twitter page at:

Make a note in your diary, and purchase your tickets today - based on previous events, it's an occassion not to be missed!

Click here for a Head On 2013 Promotional flyer


Liverpool Cathedral Charity Abseil - Saturday 3rd August 2013


UPDATE - September 2013

Although some donations are still coming in, I am delighted to report that our brave charity abseilers have raised over £6,500 for head and neck cancer research and support. It's an amazing achievement.
So a huge THANK YOU to everyone - abseilers, supporters, sponsors - we couldn't have done it without you!!!

- Update August 2013


The Magnificent 2013 Charity Abseilers

I'm delighted to report that, on Saturday 3rd August, a brave team of ten patients, carers, friends and medical staff faced their fears and successfully completed a 150ft free fall abseil from Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

Although the weather was a bit blustery, the sun did come out to join the crowd of cheering supporters waiting, with both anticipation and trepidation, at the foot of the Cathedral's magnificent main entrance.

Feelings were equally mixed amongst the team. A couple of our intrepid abseilers were literally shaking all the way down - but they all did it none the less!

As promised, we even had 'Spider-nan' singing and reciting comic verse as she went.

But although the event is now complete, our job is only half done - we need to collect all that sponsor money so generously pledged..!

So if you've agreed to sponsor someone, now is the time to track them down and give them your donation - don't forget to ask to see some of the photos! And even if you haven't sponsored them or the team yet, it's still not too late to add your support with a donation at:

We'll be giving an update later in the month about the final amount raised - but at present it just remains to say a VERY WELL DONE and HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who took part.

Lesley, Barbara and Sally - with a really BIG cheque from LV=

Mersey Tunnel 10k - Update

On a sunny Sunday 9th June, Mrs Elizabeth Backland and her daughter Caroline successfully met the combined challenges of incipient sunburn, a dripping tunnel and 10 kilometres of unforgiving tarmac to complete the Mersey Tunnel 10k run in 1 hour 26 minutes.

"I know the winner completed the race in about 30 minutes, but we're really proud of our time, and that we did it together!"

Elizabeth and Caroline estimate they have already raised approximately £100 for Head and Neck Cancer Research and Support. But it's not too late to show your support and add your donation to their total - just go to

"We'd also like to say a big thank you to all the helpers all along the course. They were great. We couldn't have done it without them."

And we'd like to add our sincere thanks to this amazing mother and daughter team for their fundraising. Without people like them, we wouldn't be able to continue helping fund vitally needed research and on-going support activities. Congratulations and thank you both!

Elizabeth and Caroline Backland - 10K Tunnel Runners!!!


Let us know if you are planning your own event

and we'll do what we can to help...

Contact Jane on 0151 722 2352 or at


Finally (for now)...

would anyone be interested in a parachute jump...?

or a London to Paris bike ride..?





Wirral Half Marathon runners

The Windswept Cheering Squad

| Click here for fundraising thank you poster