The charity’s history
GUTS was founded in 1983 by Professor Chris Marks, who recognised that early detection was key to improving bowel cancer survival rates. We initiated one of the first bowel cancer mass screening programmes in the UK, reaching 20,000 patients from 37 GP practices in the Guildford area in its first year.
Since then GUTS funding has been pivotal both in research to advance screening and detection, and in improving the care, treatment and outcomes for patients – not just from the Guildford area but from right across the south of England.
Over the years GUTS has raised funds for numerous projects. Before it was replaced with the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, the GUTS programme sent out over 50,000 faecal occult blood testing kits across southern England. GUTS-funded research projects published in medical journals have also contributed to a better understanding of colorectal cancer.
How did we do it?
GUTS would never have got off the ground without the incredible support of the local community. Below are just some of the weird, wonderful and altogether heroic things people have done over the years to raise money for GUTS:
If you’d like to get involved in fundraising for GUTS we’d love to hear from you! Use ‘contact us’ in the footer below of call 01483 408316.