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Channel Islanders help fund new cancer research centre

Centre for Cancer Immunology Credit: University of Southampton

Channel Islanders have helped the University of Southampton raise £25m to fund the UK’s first cancer immunology research centre.

The fundraising target has been reached six months ahead of schedule, with £15m raised through contributions from the Channel Islands.

Scientists will move into the centre next month. The facilities are set to bring together leading cancer scientists and help teams expand clinical trials and develop more lifesaving drugs.

This is a significant day for the University. We are delighted and proud to have reached our target of £25m to fund this very pioneering research centre, the first of its kind in the UK. We are immensely grateful to everyone who made a contribution to the campaign – big or small. The next few years will see great advances in immunotherapies for cancer with the University of Southampton at the very forefront of discovery.

– Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton

To celebrate reaching its target, in the run up to World Cancer Day, the University of Southampton is encouraging people to wear something white and share photos on social media using #WearingWhite between 1-4 February.