Our tour of Kidscan labs

December seems like a distant memory – but cast your mind back to the run up to Christmas, and our musical campaign to raise money for Kidscan, a local children’s cancer charity.

We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone that shared, liked and followed our Spotify playlist of alternative Christmas tunes – we smashed our target.

And that’s why, earlier this week, our CEO Garry Partington stopped by their HQ for a tour of their labs at Salford University – and to make Apadmi’s donation on behalf of everyone who supported the campaign.

Kidscan tour
[From left to right] Martin Keelager, Chair of Trustees for Kidscan, Garry Partington, Apadmi CEO, and Dr David Pye FRSC, who manages the research at the Kidscan Labs in Salford

Kidscan, based in Salford, is one of the only cancer charities in the UK that’s solely dedicated to funding research into safer cancer treatments for children.

Lead scientist at their Salford University labs Dr David Pye FRSC, who leads the research conducted in the Kidscan labs, told us why the work of the charity is so critical…

“We’ve come a long way with cancer research, but most of the treatments we’ve found are aimed at adults, and they’re often far too aggressive to be used on children. Curing them and treating them is one thing, but once they leave the hospital, they can suffer from devastating side effects due to the strength of the drugs that were used to help them. That’s where we come in – our purpose is to find new ways of treating cancer in childhood, so that they can lead rich, fulfilled lives once their ordeal is over. Donations like that of Apadmi’s are helping us to discover treatments that mean thousands of children will have a far better quality of life.”

Here’s what Garry had to say:

“The Alternative Playlist was a lot of fun, but more importantly helped to raise awareness of the critical work that Kidscan do. We’re so proud to say that we, along with our fantastic clients, employees and friends, have acted to support them in their research, and it was great to see that in action today at the university. It’s fascinating to see what goes on in these environments – it’s a very humbling experience.”