What is it? Tissue baths allow us to keep human tissue obtained from surgery healthy whilst we perform our experiments. Using human bowel tissue is an important aspect of our work. Human tissue can differ from animal tissue in many ways, from the proteins expressed by the tissues to the types of responses to drugs. This reduces the number of animals used in research, and allows us to study tissue from patients with rare diseases.
What you can do? Organise a disco for school kids
How you can do it: Get together a small team. This is so much easier than an adult event – no bouncers or licenses required! Best age group is 11-13 year olds. Events lend themselves to school, church, town or village halls or even clubs on off peak nights. Throw in simple food and drink and some good sounds. Then pick a “theme”, organize a raffle and this can be a great, low cost fundraiser.
Case study: Tanya Fattal and friends ‘Neon Disco’ at Hampstead Town Hall. Tanya Fattal has not let a chronic and at times debilitating GI condition hold her back. Inspired by the help and support she received from her doctor, Tanya wanted to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research. With friends Gaby Khalastchy and Ria Semp, she hit upon the idea of doing an end of summer term disco for kids who aspire but ‘go clubbing’ but are of course too young. Securing Hampstead Town Hall as a venue, selling tickets through friends in local schools, Tanya and her co-organisers targeted the parents of pupils and publicized the event in the local paper. Tanya then roped in a DJ and obtained lots of raffle prizes from local retailers. Choosing a ‘neon’ theme ensured not only a very successful event, but a colourful one too.
The girls encouraged all who attended to join up to their facebook page and collected much of the ticket money through their online fundraising page. Both provided valuable contact information for future events.
What they raised: This brilliant bash raised a fantastic £3988!
It was amazing! Went really well and people are already asking when we’ll be doing the next one. It’s just fantastic that you can make so much money out of people enjoying themselves!
…and they have carried on – Tanya and friends have since organized a further disco, this time in a local club and the running total from her events now stands at over £8,009!
– See more at: http://bowelcancerresearch.org/lightuplab/#sthash.MmlSQTJK.dpuf