Eight cancer orgnisations came together at the beginning of half term to present their work to the public at Techniquest Glyndwr in Wrexham.
On the 30th and 31st of October the organisations put on a series of interactive activities targeted at children, to immerse them in the world of cancer research. Children and their parents and guardians were able to get hands on with demonstrations over the two days. Activities included an experiment to extract DNA from strawberries, children looking at their own cheek cells under a microscope and a trip through a giant inflatable bowel.
The event was organised by the Wales Cancer Partnership, which aims to bring together all cancer organisations in Wales for the benefit of patients. Partners that took part in the event included research organisations, higher education institutions, third sector and the NHS.
Over the two days, the Partnership engaged with over 200 visitors to the science discovery centre.
Jodie Bond, spokesperson for the Wales Cancer Partnership said: “We were delighted to work with Techniquest Glyndwr on this special event. Eight different cancer organisations came together to make this possible and it was really rewarding to see everyone working together to teach visitors about cancer and allow them to get hands on with the science behind cancer research.
“It was wonderful to see visitors’ faces light up as they got hands on with laboratory equipment and played our interactive games. I hope that through getting children involved in our work at this event, we have gone some way to inspiring the next generation of cancer researchers."
Organisations involved in the event included: Cancer Research Wales, Tenovus Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Wales Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Research UK, the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, Bestsi Cadwaladr UHB and Bangor University.
The next public event to be hosted by the Wales Cancer Partnership is Tackling Cancer Together, on Saturday the 25th of November in The Old Library in Cardiff. Click here to find out more about this event.