Kitchen and bathroom furniture manufacturer Ellis Furniture is to donate £30,000 during the next three years to Cancer Research UK.
The latest commitment takes the total amount pledged over the years by generations of the Ellis family to more than £100,000.
The donation will fund PhD student Anastasia Filia’s research of melanoma, bowel and testicular cancers in order to identify new ways to diagnose and treat the disease. Her specific research objective is to analyse melanoma tumours and develop a new technique to extract DNA for genetic testing.
Richard Ellis said: “Supporting important charitable work is something our family started many years ago and it’s something that remains close to our hearts. We chose to support Leeds Cancer Research UK as it’s in our local region and because of the invaluable role the charity plays in funding research into cancer.
“According to the statistics, more than one in three people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime and there are more than 200 different types of the disease. They’re very high figures. Cancer Research UK funds more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and researchers who find ways to diagnose, prevent and treat cancer. That’s extremely important work.”