THERE are more than 200 different types of cancer each with different causes, symptoms and treatments.

Here are some examples of how your fundraising contribution – big or small – can help: £10 could buy around 300 glass slides for studying cells and tumour samples in detail under the microscope.

£20 could equip a scientist with a lab coat and a pair of safety goggles. These help protect against harmful chemicals and prevent experiments from getting contaminated.

£62.50 could fund one cancer information nurse for half a day. Our experienced cancer information nurses provide a confidential service for anyone with concerns about cancer.

£150 could pay for three pairs of cryogenic gloves, worn when retrieving very cold samples from a -80ºC freezer or a liquid nitrogen storage tank.

£200 could buy around 22 digital timers, which allow researchers to carry out precisely timed experiments. Accurate timing is crucial in ensuring that the scientists’ results are accurate.

£592 could fund four women’s participation in a trial to investigate whether a national screening programme for ovarian cancer could help save lives.

£1,000 could cover around a month’s running expenses for a clinical trial investigating a new way of giving hormone therapy to improve the treatment of prostate cancer.