Support Debbie Fund and help find a cure for cervical cancer


Cervical Cancer is the second most common female cancer worldwide with around half a million new cases each year and 250,000 deaths.

Debbie Fund is the only organisation devoted solely to the discovery of new treatments for cervical cancer.
Debbie Fund has established, at the UCL Cancer Institute, the world's first dedicated  research programme into treatments for cervical cancer. Every pound raised funds this research. Please help Debbie Fund in any way you can.

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debbie fund is set up in memory of Debbie Phillips, who died of Cervical Cancer on 11th February 2010. During the progression of Debbie’s disease, her family and friends discovered that worldwide there was no dedicated research into a drug treatment specifically for Cervical Cancer. debbie fund was set up to raise sufficient funds to carry out this essential research and, due to the amazing efforts of debbie fund's supporters, a dedicated research programme is already under way at University College London. Please, follow the Links and find out more about debbie fund.Become a supporter and help fund our research. Help prevent other women, wives and mothers, like Debbie, and their families from falling victim to Cervical Cancer.


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Debbie Fund chair Helen Jameson is now a member of the board of the umbrella organisation Cancer52. Cancer52 is an alliance of more than 60 organisations, including Debbie Fund, working to address the inequalities that exist in policy, services and research into the less common cancers and to improve outcomes for patients with these highly challenging diseases. Debbie Fund is delighted to be closely involved with Cancer52.

Debbie Fund has participated in a study by Cancer 52 into research funding for the lesser known cancers, including cervical cancer.  Cancer 52's report was published in November 2013. Read more.

Strictly Dancing for debbie fund!
R3 Insolvency Practitioners held a glittering evening at London's Park Lane Hilton on 27th June, raising over £17,000 for debbie fund. Keep Dancing!

Loyal debbie fund supporters, Warwick University Ladies Hockey club, keep on running! Seven of the team ran the Shakespeare Half marathon on 28th April and raised £760 for debbie fund. Not to be outdone, the University Men's Hockey Club are fundraising for debbie fund at an acoustics evening to be held shortly. Thank you Warwick hockey players for your continued support.

Debbie Fund is now a member of Cancer 52- an umbrella organisation which aims to raise awareness of the less common cancers, which are responsible for over 52% of UK cancer deaths, but are severely under represented and underfunded in all areas- policy, services, funding and research.

London Marathon 2013-debbie fund runner Emily Jamieson, spurred on by the sunshine and the crowds, beat her target of 4 hours, and has raised over £4200. It's not too late to get her over £5000! Just click below.

Emily's amazing effort reminds us of when Debbie's daughter Katy ran her first marathon for debbiefund. Read Katy Phillips, Debbie's daughter, talking to the Daily Telegraph three years after her mum's death. "Surviving Oxford without mum was tough, The Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2013.

Thank you once again to our friends at Moon Beever solicitors- their Insolvency Department's popular charity quiz night has raised £5300 for debbie fund. Moon Beever partners Paul Sheils and Graham McPhie presented a cheque to Richard Sutton Mattocks, chairman of UCL Cancer Institute Research Trust, on 4th February 2013. Thank you to all involved for their continued support.

January 2011. The debbie fund research project has now officially started. Dr. Enrique Miranda, an expert in molecular oncology, is now carrying out research at the UCL Cancer Institute into antibody-targeted radiotherapy as a treatment for cervical cancer. Read more.

The "Autumn" Campaign. On the evening of February 10th, 2010, 16-year-old Sarah Phillips picked up her mobile phone and sang Paolo Nutini's "Autumn" into it, without music and pitch perfect. She intended to sing the song at her mother's funeral. Four-and-a-half hours later, Debbie died. Read more... 

debbie fund Dinner. Eminent Oncologist tells debbie fund supporters: " within ten years...the fund will have made a difference for women with advanced cervical cancer.." Read more.. 


debbie fund Research

Inside the lab: the progress of the research. Watch our new film here. See how research is progressing and how vitally important this research is.

debbie fund’s first dedicated researcher, Dr. Enrique Miranda  Rota, from the UCL Cancer  Institute, is  now collaborating with the Therapeutic  Antibody Group at  Medical Research Council Technology (MRCT) to develop new antibodies that bind to cervical cancer cell-surface targets and which have the potential to be used in  new treatments for cervical cancer. Enrique is testing several variants of each antibody, produced by grafting specific ge ne sequence modifications to the antibodies


 “We are absolutely delighted with the progress of this debbie fund supported project” said Prof Kerry Chester and Dr Tim Meyer, the project’s lead investigators. “Generating antibodies in collaboration with MRCT brings us a significant step closer to a new treatment for patients with cervical cancers”. 

 The aim of this antibody project is to provide a new means of  delivering a toxic payload, either radioactive or chemical, direct to cervical cancer tumour cells without damaging surrounding  healthy cells- a “magic bullet” for cervical cancer.



Summer 2013 Update-exciting news

As research work investigating a new treatment for cervical cancer continues to advance, debbie fund's antibody work is gaining knowledge and momentum; debbie fund investigators Prof Kerry Chester and Dr Rota have been invited to present their work at various international biotechnology conferences.

debbie fund Genomics Project

Thanks to generous support from ICAP Debbie Fund has commenced its genomics project. This will look at the genetic changes in cervical cancer tumours and will complement the work on the debbie fund Antibody Therapeutics Project. The project is being led by Dr Tim Fenton, in collaboration with Prof Martin Widschwendter.




Thanks to the amazing generosity of its supporters debbie fund raised £1million in its first two years. The more money raised, the more research. Please help

Please support our 2014 London Marathon runners! Since 2011 Debbie Fund's marathon runners have raised nearly £60,000. Please support our runners this year, Annie Coulson, Luke Trickett, David Kerrigan and Danny Hornsby  and help fund our vital  research.

Give as you Live for Debbie Fund at no cost to you!

Support debbie fund when you shop on-line! Just click on the Give as you Live button to join and then each time you buy on-line from thousands of stores, including Tesco, Sainsburys, John Lewis, Amazon etc., debbie fund will receive a donation at no cost to you. It's a really easy way to raise money for debbie fund's research and help make a difference.

The Debbie Fund Ball held in September 2011 at the Hurlingham Club raised a staggering £243,000 for debbie fund. Read more

 Debbie Fund's marathon runners have raised nearly £60,000!   


Katy Phillips, Debbie's elder daughter, spoke after completing the London Marathon:   "It took me a while to realise that no distance I ever run will make the pain of losing my mum any less, but with incredible support, I completed the marathon, raising over £12000, and taking debbie fund a little bit closer to  preventing other families from going through this pain."Read more 

Now three years after Debbie's death, Katy talks to The Daily Telegraph- "Surviving Oxford without mum was tough".  


Debbie's 16 year old daughter, Sarah, summed up perfectly what debbie fund aims to achieve:

"I hope that one day a lady will come up to me and tell me that she had cervical cancer, but because of a drug that came out of our research, she survived.” Sarah Phillips (16) 

Debbie Phillips

Debbie was born on 22nd October 1961 and tragically died, aged 48, of cervical cancer on 11th February 2010. Wife of Mark, and mother of three wonderful children, she was loved by all who knew her. Read more...