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Research request

Laura-Jayne Watson is a Head and Neck Cancer Speech and Language Therapist working at Sunderland Royal Hospital. As well as seeing patients for communication and swallowing therapy, she is conducting research looking at the pathway after having a total laryngectomy (surgical removal of the voice box). Laura-Jayne is really interested in speaking to community healthcare professionals, specifically GP’s and District Nurses, about their experience of helping to look after people once they return home after their operation. She is looking to interview GP’s and District Nurses over the telephone at a time that is suitable for them. The interviews will last no more than 60 minutes.

If you are a GP or District Nurse who would be interested in taking part in this research or would like any further information about her research please contact Laura-Jane on the contact details below:


Telephone: 0191 569 9009

Great North Run 2021

See our Gallery pages to see our wonderful runners who took part in this years Great North Run, raising much needed funds for HANCC – Thank you to everyone who took part on Sunday 12 September, we really appreciate all your effort and hard work.

HANCC & Cheetham Family donation received on 10th September 2021 at Arthur’s Hill Clinic

HANCC & Cheetham Family donation

On Friday 10th September 2021 the Cheetham family, on behalf of their friends, donated an amazing £4,561.80 to the Northern Head and Neck Cancer Charity (HANCC). The donation was in memory of Joanne’s husband, Kevin Cheetham. 

Kevin, was keen runner and member of the Tyne Bridge Harriers, who planned his own Geordie Run, taking in some of his favorite sights in Newcastle, on 2 June 2019 after being told his rare type of head and neck cancer had returned and he would not be able to take part in the Great North Run.

Joanne, an ancillary nurse with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Intensive Care Unit, bravely cut off all of her hair and shaved her head to raise more funds for HANCC.  Joanne is pictured holding the cheque with her son Shane, daughter Trudi and her husband Jonny with their daughter Autumn.

We at HANCC want to raise our hats to the Cheetham Familyand their friends. THANK YOU.

Risk Prediction in Parotidectomy

HANCC is pleased to support Kenny Lau, Junior Clinical Fellow in ENT at Sunderland Royal Hospital in his on Machine Learning Algorithm for Risk Prediction in Parotidectomy.

Parotidectomy is common head and neck procedure which carries a significant post-operative morbidity. The objective of his research project is to construct a machine learning algorithm to predict individual patient outcome based on their pre-operative parameters to enhance head and neck cancer patient counselling, manage their expectations and improve the patient journey.

Alison the HANCC Ted maker

We want to say a huge thank you to Alison Spenceley for her amazing fundraising efforts.

Alison is an incredibly inspirational lady. Initially undergoing treatment for cancer some 20 years ago, she developed tongue cancer 4 years ago and is currently continuing her treatment at the Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Alison knits wonderful Teddies (shown above) to raise money for HANCC.  She has been making these delightful bears wearing a top hat and scarf in HANCC colours since 2019 raising nearly £1,000.00.

All funds raised go to supporting patients in the Northern region with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer. Thank you very much don’t you just love the little bears they are worth their weight in gold!

If you would like more information about how you can get your hands one of our Super Ted’s please contact Debora Howe, HANCC Trustee. who will be able to help you.

Ultra Runners for HANCC

On 5 June Harry Tustin and Rory Houston, who are both ENT Registrars with a passion for treating patients with head and neck cancer and running took part in the Great North Ultra raising funds for HANCC. Thank you for thinking of us and congratulations on your great fundraising efforts.

Thank you from the Trustees

Hanna, Pamela and Mel holding the HANCC flag

Ladies in the Lake for HANCC on 12 June 2021

Congratulations to Hannah, Pam & Mel for their great achievement in completing the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere and a huge thanks for their fundraising efforts.

Unfortunately, COVID guidelines meant supports were not allowed anywhere near Lake Windermere, which was disappointing. This also meant the courageous swimmers did not have the support of their relatives or friends. Undeterred the trio spent a restful night in Ambleside before taking the Ferry across Windermere to Brockhole the National Park Visitors Centre, which was the starting point for their challenge.

We appreciate your support

GO Rebecca!

Congratulations Rebecca for your amazing achievement and wonderful fundraising efforts. Thank you from the HANCC team.

HANCC Conference 2021 update

It is with regret that the Trustees of HANCC have made the decision not to hold a conference this year due to the ongoing uncertainty of large scale events taking place. We hope to be back bigger and stronger next year.

Look out for our radio awareness and news campaign, details to follow.

HANCC Awareness campaign

In response to a request by the wonderful Macmillan nursing teams HANCC launched an awareness campaign running across the north east region from Carlisle to Sunderland, Hexham to Teesside and everywhere in between. The message was clear, medical professions are there to see you safely if you have any concerns.

If you are experiencing any unusual mouth or neck symptoms that have lasted for three weeks or more, don’t delay visiting your doctor, dentist or speaking to your pharmacist.

Seeking medical advice can be worrying, but early treatment can make a huge difference. The medical teams in hospitals and doctors surgeries have dedicated teams who can see you in safe environments.

Have you been suffering from one of these for more than three weeks?

  • Non-healing mouth ulcers and /or red or white patches in the mouth
  • Pain in the throat
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Painful or difficulty swallowing
  • Lumps in the neck
  • A change in your tongue

These can be early warning signs of more serious mouth conditions, please don’t ignore them but get help as soon as possible, medical professionals are there for you.

If you have a dental practice you regularly visit:

  • Telephone them. They may have a telephone message, or your call will be answered.
  • You will be told how you can get treatment if you need it urgently or given advice about your mouth health concerns.

If you don’t have a dental practice:

  • Telephone the NHS 111 service
  • You will be given the best help for your mouth health concern.

A member of the dental team may ring you back if there is an urgent need for you to attend for treatment.

Press advertisements appeared in the Newcastle Chronicle, Sunderland Echo, Northumberland Gazette, The Cumberland News and Hexham Courant along with their associated website. Radio stations playing our commercial included Heart, CFM (for Carlisle and the Cambrian region) Smooth and Capital.

Audio & Radio Industry Awards 2020

HANCC Trustee, Beth Reed was an invited guest at the ARIA’s, the Audio & Radio Industry Awards at the London Palladium on 4th March to receive a cheque for £10,000 presented by Phil Riley, Fellow of The Radio Academy and Chair of judges along with broadcaster Jeremy Vine on behalf of the friends of John Myers and the radio industry.

John Myers was the former Chair and Chief Executive of the Radio Academy and a leading radio executive. He was also a supporter of HANCC and sadly passed away last year. The evening also saw the launch of a new award, The John Myers Award for Local Station of the Year which was won by BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Thank you to all of those who donated this wonderful amount. It will make a huge difference to the support that we can give.

Free mobile phones for Cancer Patients & Carers

Simpal will provide free calls/text/data and mobiles where appropriate, to those affected by cancer aiming to help minimise some of the isolation, loneliness and financial pressure that many people affected by cancer face. This service offers 6months of free calls and texts to help when spare money may be tight. It also is available for people around the patient, not only the patient.

This service is absolutely free and available wherever you are in the UK. Please get in touch if you or anyone you know may benefit from their work – there is an online application form to complete or someone can complete the application form over the telephone.

Tel: 0800 5677890.

You can also apply on someone else’s behalf, for example if you are a carer or health care professional.

A huge thanks to Chris Curtis, Chairman & World Patient Ambassador at the Swallows for sharing this with us.




The British Empire Medal rewards sustained local contribution, or innovative, high impact work of a relatively short duration, and Evelyn Weightman, founder of the north east-based Northern Head and Neck Cancer Fund (HANC) has been recognised for these achievements in this year’s Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List.

Very proud parents Pam and Bob Clark with Evelyn.

When Evelyn received the letter informing her of the award it sent her into shock and delight. After getting over her initial amazement she said “It is a great honour to have received this award, which is entirely dedicated to the Fund. I would like to thank all those that have contributed to the Fund; those who have lent their incredible support in order to help with fund-raising, and all the volunteers who help us raise awareness of this disease.”

Congratulations Evelyn from all your friends and supports of HANC.


One of our first pins has been bought and worn with pride! Graeme Conlon a fellow Sage roof walker and River Tyne zipper, modelled the newly designed pins! Although it clashed with his Sunderland colours he still wore it with pride.



They have arrived the most dapper pins you could see!

If you would like one of our beautiful HANCC pins or would like to sell them
please contact us on:

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