Partnership with Purple Rainbow

The Elizabeth Coteman Fund is proud to partner with Purple Rainbow. Purple Rainbow was set up in memory of Seth Goodburn, who was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2014, aged just 49. He sadly died just thirty three short and heart-breaking days later, leaving behind his beloved wife Lesley. Seth asked Lesley to share the […]

Tribute to a Wonderful Lady

We wish to take this opportunity to pay tribute to a very special lady who sadly lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in January. After meeting a representative of The Elizabeth Coteman Fund, Shirley Beardsmore, from Barton Mills, began raising money for the Fund. Despite having a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, she worked tirelessly and […]

Milestone as First North East Grant Is Made

Referred to elsewhere, our first ever grant in the north east of England was made during 2017, and follows several years’ of fundraising by our local champion, Jen Patterson. The following message sums up the feeling: Hi Gerald, My first day back to work today after a couple of day’s annual leave. I’m pleased to […]

Open Access Support Group

The NHS, together with Maggie’s, has established a regular support group for those with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and their families. The sessions, which are held on the first Friday of each month at the Maggie’s Centre on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site, offer a quiet, comfortable and supportive surroundings, the chance to meet other […]

The Fund’s Involvement in Research

We have supported pancreatic cancer research from the inception of the charity. We do this in two distinct ways. Firstly, we support recruitment to key clinical trials, with awareness raising and via direct funding of patients’ expenses. Secondly, we provide a patient and carer voice as research trials are established and as drug breakthroughs are […]

Emotional Support, Befriending and Advocacy Services

Our work supporting patients and their families has grown; we have seen more referrals and more joint working with other cancer charities to provide information, reassurance, liaison and advocacy on clinical issues – and just simply being there for people. Feedback from those who have received support from The Elizabeth Coteman Fund is incredibly positive. […]

Something to Look Forward To

One of our most exciting partnership ventures during the year was to agree joint working with the Cambridge-based charity, Something to Look Forward To. The charity promotes the well-being, and seeks to reduce the stress, of those who experiencing the effects of cancer, and their families, by offering a comprehensive range of free gifts donated […]

Something To Look Forward To

Record Number of Grants Made in 2017

Thousands more were made available in 2017 to individuals and families faced with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. We have also funded voluntary groups who support pancreatic cancer patients and carers. This increase in funding comes on the back of two important initiatives. Firstly, our networks in the North East of England have enabled us […]

Generous donation from the Cambridge Freemasons

Cambridge Freemasons have made a donation to the area’s leading pancreatic cancer support charity, The Elizabeth Coteman Fund. Thirkill Lodge presented the charity with a cheque for £500 to support its work with people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and their families. Speaking for Thirkill Lodge, Terry Tinkler, said, “The Lodge has a proud history of […]

Join us in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is set to become the 3rd biggest cancer killer in Europe next year, despite being the 7th most common cancer for women and the 10th most common cancer for men. The number of people dying from pancreatic cancer in Europe has risen continually for 40 years and the median survival time for someone […]