Charity Soul

After losing a very close friend to cancer, Terry Hopkinson decided to start a charity based on his love of Northern Soul to raise money for Cancer Research. The initial idea has evolved into something very special and is now increasing with support from promoters, DJ’s and of course the many lovers of Northern Soul who have attended our events.

“Our goals are purely to support Professor Norman Maitland and his Prostate Cancer research team. Donations received by Charity Soul are donated to Prostate Cancer research at Professor Maitland’s Laboratory at York University.

Our Charity Soul events have been a great success and have inspired DJ’s to hold events for Charity Soul across the North East. These events are held on a regular basis with the single aim, to raise money as well as developing other fundraising ideas so we can help with the amazing work being carried out by Professor Norman Maitland of York University. We have so far been able to provide funding to the tune of £24,500 to enable Professor Maitland continue with his ground breaking activities into stem cell cancer research to find a cure for Prostate Cancer.

Charity Soul Event

Charity Soul Event

Contributions and donations are given through the many Northern Soul events organised by Charity Soul and other means which can be accessed through the website:

Their next event is the Northern Soul Spectacular event at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in association with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation on Sunday 21st November from 4pm till midnight. Tickets are £10 and include, a screen show and a live act.

For tickets, call 0871 423 1315

About their research:

The scientists in this unit are working in the area of cancer stem cells. This is a relatively new and exciting area of research. There are labs all over the world working on different cancer stem cells in different cancer types. Knowledge obtained in one cancer can be useful in another cancer types. Cancer stem cells are considered as the root of the cancer and are not susceptible to current chemotherapy and radiotherapy. During the last ten years Prof Maitland’s team has isolated and characterized these cells and now the aim of the research is focused on what makes these cells different, how to sensitise them to current treatments as well as developing new treatments.

A few years ago, the YCR Cancer Research Unit was recognised internationally as the best research group in its field, after the Prof Maitland and colleagues found “the root” of prostate cancer and revolutionised research methodology. Prof Maitland says ‘existing therapies for treating prostate cancer attack the ‘leaves’ rather than the ‘root,’ making it likely for many men that the disease will recur after primary treatment such as radiotherapy. Prof Maitland’s team at the Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) Unit have discovered how to isolate the tumour stem cells, which make up one in 1,000 of cancer cells. These stem cells can be likened to the root of prostate cancer.

You can find out more about the charity here: