Brightening lives

Since 1996 work funded by BRIGHT has significantly improved patient survival outcomes and treatments

Bright Future

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. Help us fund vital research and new treatment options for this and other gastro-intestinal cancers

Shining Bright

BRIGHT helped to fund a Papillon machine – an alternative treatment option to life-changing surgery


BRIGHT funds vital research and new treatment options for gastro-intestinal cancer patients at the St Luke’s Cancer Centre, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford.

Cancers we support through the charity include bowel cancer and cancers of the stomach, oesophagus, pancreas and gallbladder.


If you’d like to make a donation to support our research projects and fund new cancer treatments, you can either donate online with JustGiving or by post with a cheque

"The investment in the Papillon machine is already showing success, with some of those treated seeing complete resolution and now, with the introduction of a new database, St.Luke’s will be at the heart of tracking Papillon treatment effectiveness worldwide"

− Dr. Alexandra Stewart, Consultant clinical oncologist

"The whole field of oncology is changing to focus on targeted treatments and with increased knowledge at the molecular level, we can provide better, more personalised treatments and improve outcomes"

− Dr. Dhillon, Consultant medical oncologist

"A scan revealed that conventional radiotherapy had shrunk the tumour to a level which made me an ideal candidate for Papillon treatment. It was a great relief to me that I didn’t have to go through major surgery at my age"

− Mr Prebble (age 87, from Haslemere, Surrey)

Latest News & Events

BRIGHT’s first Charity Football Match raises over £1500!

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BRIGHT's Charity Football Match

On Saturday 5th November BRIGHT hosted it’s first ever Charty football Match at Surrey Sports Park. Despite the cold 22 players eagerly put on their orange or white t-shirts and began playing like it was for their country! Onlookers could have been forgiven for thinking that the Dutch and England football teams were playing a friendly at Surrey Sports Park last night, so bright were the orange and white shirts gracing the field and so sublime were the touches of the two teams.

It was a fantastic evening which resulted in over £1,500 being raised for the charity.

Celebrating BRIGHT’s 20th Anniversary – Fetcham Park 21st September

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BRIGHT's 20th Anniversary at Fetcham Park

Last month we celebrated a milestone in the history of BRIGHT, after 20 years of funding research into better treatment options for GI patients in Surrey and the surrounding areas.

The celebration took place at Fetcham Park kindly donated by Sandra Young, a key supporter of the charity. We were joined by other loyal supporters including Sir Paul Beresford MP, who kindly took time out of his busy schedule to show his support and thank the Charity Trustees for working hard to raise vital funds to ensure better outcomes for local residents in his constituency.

Our Founder Dr Clare Topham took everyone down a trip dowm memory lane to remind everyone why the charity was established.  Clare was followed by Dr Alex Stewart, the current Chair of the Charity who set out our exciting plans for the next chapter in our history.

BRIGHT Charity Trustee Dr Tony Dhillon awarded £5 million in fight against Bowel Cancer

BRIGHT Charity trustee Tony Dhillon successfully awarded £5 million in grants to fight Bowel Cancer

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Dr Tony Dhillon, a charity trustee of BRIGHT and a medical oncologist at St Luke’s Cancer Hospital in Guildford recently received some very good news. He has been awarded £5 million worth of grants by two American pharmaceutical companies to investigate whether immunotherapy can improve the outcomes for bowel cancer patients.

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