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Staff at AWE run a Christmas mile in aid of cutting-edge medical treatment

AWE staff have been praised by a leading university for supporting cutting edge medical research.

On December 10, AWE staff turned out to support colleague Wendy Gregory in her fundraising – taking part in a Christmas themed one-mile run in memory of her husband Andrew.

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Wendy Gregory, left, has raised over £7000 towards immunotherapy research at University of Southampton, right, Laura Luff Senior Development Manager at University of Southampton leant her support at the AWE Christmas charity one-mile run.

To-date AWE staff have raised over £7000 towards break-through immunotherapy research at the University of Southampton.

AWE is committed to supporting local and national charities with donations, sponsorship and practical help.

Since her husband's death earlier this year, Wendy has raised more than £5000 towards a multi-million pound Centre for Cancer Immunology at the University of Southampton and £2500 for immunotherapy research being undertaken at Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre.

Tim Elliot, Professor of Experimental Medicine at the University of Southampton praised Wendy's efforts.

He said: "We would like to extend our gratitude to Wendy for her generous contribution that will support our ability to move new immune treatments for cancer from the laboratories to the bedside through the new Centre for Cancer Immunology in Southampton. Over the next few years we aim to raise £10million that will be added to funds already received, which will allow us to build this dedicated research centre. Wendy's generous donation will enable us to create and develop this new centre for cancer immunology research."

Wendy has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from her colleagues and friends at AWE who have helped her raise the bulk of her charitable giving.

Wendy explained: "None of this would have been possible without the generous support from my friends and colleagues at AWE, the Basingstoke Choral Society, St Michaels Church and Choir Basingstoke and Tadley Bootcamp. I was amazed at how Andrew's story touched the hearts of so many people. I think it made everyone realise how short and precious life is and that cancer can happen to anyone".

Notes to Editors:

  1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent
  2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
  3. AWE press releases are available on our website: www.awe.co.uk<http://www.awe.co.uk>. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888
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