Eaton & Cringleford

Big C on the move today

Just Regional
May 9, 2016 3 mins read

Big C, Norfolk and Waveney’s cancer charity is relocating its operational offices to Centrum on the Norwich Research Park, close to the buildings and facilities that have been recipients of its biggest donations for equipment, research, support and information during its 35-year history.

The move embeds Big C among the academic, medical professional, health and research community in an environment to stimulate conversations and develop more opportunities for partnership working, which in turn could lead to increased access to funding to benefit cancer patients across the county.

The proximity to the most up-to-date research and the NNUH will enable Big C to increase the impact of its work across research, education and support and bring increased benefits to patients and their families.

CEO Dr Chris Bushby said: “For more than three decades Big C has been successful in funding equipment and treatment facilities and supporting research into cancer and providing care for those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney. Big C is growing and is dedicated to raising even more money, so it is important for us to be at the centre of where our charitable investments take place. From here we will be able to use our experience to help drive the agenda.”

The move, which takes place today (May 9), is cost neutral. The charity, which purchased its Castle Meadow premises more than 12 years ago, is looking at options for maximising the returns on the city centre site.

In addition, operational costs of the 2000sq ft offices at the Centrum building are minimised due to greater efficiencies in the build and shared communal facilities.

“As a charity we are conscious of ensuring our costs are kept to a minimum. At least 70p in every £1 raised by our loyal and energetic supporters goes straight back into supporting cancer patients and their families and we constantly strive to increase this figure,” said Dr Bushby.

“The open plan space is better suited to modern working and will enable enhanced communication across our teams as well as proximity to the medical and research community which Big C helps to fund.”

Big C’s Co-founder and trustee David Moar said: “This is a great opportunity to be closer to and benefit from being embedded within the medical and research community and fantastic recognition for Big C to be here. As a charity we need to be progressive and part of the changing medical scene. We have to be in the right place at the right time. There is an awful lot happening in the Research Park. This is a force for good and will project Big C forward for the next 35 years. The people of Norfolk and Waveney have enabled us to be adventurous and progressive.”

Big C Events Manager Dan Bell preparing for the charity's move to Centrum

Big C Events Manager Dan Bell preparing for the charity’s move to Centrum

 

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