Big C


Big C is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk & Waveney.

Individually we are all affected by cancer in some way and through your generosity and dedication at Run Norwich, Big C can continue to care for more patients and families living with cancer in Norfolk & Waveney.

Our story begins right here in Norfolk and we’re proud to make a local difference. We were established in 1980 by two Norfolk men who had to travel to London and Cambridge for treatment, often finding this journey harder than the treatment itself they vowed the people living in this region would not have to endure the same experience. Thanks to the wonderful community of supporters, individuals and volunteers who have worked tirelessly for more than 35 years, over £25 million has been raised to make this a reality.

This has been invested in diagnostic and medical equipment in Norfolk’s hospitals enabling more people to be treated locally with faster, more accurate, and less invasive cancer treatments.

Big C’s support for pioneering research into cancer, taking place across the Norwich Research Park has funded some incredible developments and discoveries.

Big C Support and Information Centres in Norwich, King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are used by thousands of patients, families and carers every year. The teams support and help with fears and answers to everyday questions when facing cancer, from “how do I afford my mortgage” to “I don’t understand my diagnosis”. Big C is here for you.

By taking part in Run Norwich for Big C, together we will improve the lives of even more people living with cancer in Norfolk & Waveney.

We will be here with you every step of the way.  The team here at Big C are previous Run Norwich participants so we know exactly what you will be going through! We can help by providing you with our top tips and hints to maximise your fundraising, practice run opportunities you can join in with, to and those essential health and training tips enabling you to achieve your goal.  

As a thank you for supporting Big C you will receive some exciting running goodies as an appreciation of your fundraising efforts:

Raise £100 (minimum target) – Official running vest or t-shirt, fundraising pack, race message, and finally a Bang-Bang supporter stick so your friends and family can make lots of noise cheering you on!

Raise £200 – All of the above PLUS a high quality Big C running wristband.

Raise £300 – Every runner’s must have….forgot those annoying safety pins! We will give you Big C’s pinless race number fasteners so you have all the gear…..

Raise £1,000 - As recognition for your amazing achievement these fundraisers will be invited to attend a lab tour in Norwich to see first-hand the research into cancer that Big C helps fund.

These insightful tours will look at cancer research projects currently being undertaken, and are run in partnership with the UEA at their School of Biological sciences.

For corporate teams (maximum of 12 people) if you collectively raise £5,000+ we will provide your full team with all of the above incentives, including your own team Lab Tour.

Big C makes a lot of noise for our amazing fundraisers.  We are going to have a designated cheering spot along the route where will be making lots of noise to encourage you to keep going. We will also have our Big C gazebo in the Race village so you get that essential post run massage, refreshments and photo opportunity with friends and family, complimentary to any Big C runners as a thank you for your support.

To find out more about Big C and their Run Norwich charity places, please contact Dan Bell (email:, 01603 619 900)

“We are so excited to be part of RUN Norwich 2017, this ever popular and successful event is a great attraction in the heart of Norwich and gives people a fantastic opportunity to make a big impact on the lives of local people through supporting these charities. Thanks to the hard working community of fundraisers, supporters and volunteers in Norfolk & Waveney, Big C are able to continue to help more patients and families living with cancer here in our region. Your hard work and training in preparation for Run Norwich will make a big impact to those affected by cancer.”

Dr Chris Bushby, Big C CEO

More than 16,000 people use Big C Centres across Norfolk & Waveney every year. It costs £25 to support 1 person per Centre visit. £3.50 will help us provide emotional support and a listening ear to someone affected by cancer over a cup of tea in one of our Centres. £35 will provide specialist financial advice to people living with cancer and their families, helping them calculate the cost of cancer. £50 helps Big C explain to children, via an interactive kit, what can happen to a family member during their cancer journey.

A £3 donation can make a big difference.

Text BIGC RUN to 70660 to donate today*.

*Texts cost £3 plus network charge. Big C receives 100% of your donation, obtain bill payers permission. Customer Care 01603 619900. Big C is a registered charity (no. 281730).

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