Isle of Man
Anti Cancer Association

1959 - 2024

Generating funds for cancer research

Raising awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer

Supporting those affected by cancer

Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association

was established in 1959 and consists of a central policy committee,

supported by a network of six district branches. 

Our registered charity number is 188

Over the last six decades, we have raised and distributed over £22 million to various UK bodies and hospitals working in the field of cancer research. We have also provided assistance to a number of local initiatives in conjunction with the Isle of Man DHSC.

Our Aims: –

  • to provide funding for the purposes of cancer research as well as medical and scientific developments for all types of cancer

  • to work with the Isle of Man Department of Health and other local bodies in the area of cancer screening and awareness campaigns

  • to work with the Department of Health and other local bodies in the area of palliative care

  • the provision of additional facilities, comforts, and amenities for cancer patients

Executive Committee

President:  Christine Carter BEM

Chairman: Malcolm Clague MD FRCS

Vice-Chairman: Dermot Hamill

Treasurer: Richard Ellis

Trustee: Sue Ardern

Executive Officer: Sandy Denning

Policy Group Committee: –

Our Central Policy Committee consists of the above-mentioned officers, plus representatives of each Branch committee. We have a network of Branches across the Island, that work tirelessly to raise funds for our charity through a variety of events throughout the year:

  • Douglas & Onchan

  • Lonan & Laxey

  • Marown & District

  • Peel & District

  • Ramsey & District

  • Southern

For more information about your local Branch, please contact our Executive Officer on 07624 252725 or email at or visit our events page to see “what’s on”….


Work on the Isle of Man

Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association is involved in a variety of

projects and initiatives on the Island


  • Cancer Awareness within the community – bringing cancer awareness information to a local level, including presentations in Schools and the workplace.

  • Cancer Awareness Podcasts on Manx Radio covering a range of cancer awareness topics.

  • Articles in Local Media – topical features (reaching every household)

  • Cut Films Project – an initiative with Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation to support young people to learn about the hazards of smoking and to translate their research into short films which they share with friends & family to discourage others from smoking

  • Staywell Clinic (Cervical Screening) – providing women with the opportunity to have a cervical screening test outside of normal working hours and in a female-staffed clinic. This service has been funded and managed by IOM Anti-Cancer Association for 60 years

  • Cancer Awareness Ambulance – visiting sites around the Island – usually in September

  • Supporting Those Affected by Cancer – funding information leaflets; equipment for LookAhead chemotherapy hair loss support; patient information binder; hardship fund

  • Improving facilities and services at Nobles Hospital

Work further afield

Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association is committed to funding

groundbreaking research into cancer, its causes and its treatment including: –


  • Immunotherapy Treatment at Clatterbridge

  • PhD Studentship at Liverpool University


We also work with other organisations in the UK that are making positive steps forward in the fight against cancer and we also work closely with hospitals that provide cancer treatment to patients from the Isle of Man. Amounting to nearly half a million pounds, our funding has been focused on the following:


  • Support with the building of the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in the centre of Liverpool, which opened in 2020, enhancing the facilities and treatments for Island Residents.

  • The development of the Papillon Suite at the existing Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (specialist radiotherapy for rectal cancer).

  • Supporting the chemotherapy department at The Christie Hospital.

  • Providing an annual grant to the Wirral Manx Society to cover costs involved in visiting Island Residents whilst they are in Hospital – at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre


Over half of Island patients who require cancer treatment will receive part of their treatment in the North West of England.


We work with organisations in the UK that are making positive steps forward in the fight against cancer. Some of the recipients are:


•  The University of Liverpool & the Royal Liverpool Hospital

•  Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Music Matters Project

•  Institute of Cancer Research – Prostate cancer Screening Tool

•  Breast Cancer Now – Breast cancer

•  Orchid Fighting Male Cancer – Prostate, Penile and Testicular cancers

•  Ovarian Cancer Action – Ovarian cancer


Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association Leaflet: IOM Anti-Cancer Association Leaflet July 2019

Cancer Awareness

Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association works closely with Manx Radio to provide cancer awareness features. Some of the topics covered are available to “listen again”, please go to our awareness page.

Please remember, if you are concerned about any possible symptoms of cancer, please contact your GP to discuss this. It is always better to talk about your concerns with your doctor sooner rather than later.


Each Branch of the Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association holds a range of different fundraising events throughout the yearFor details of fundraising events we have coming up, please visit our events page.

Making a donation

  • post donations to our Treasurer; Mr Richard Ellis, 24 Westminster Terrace, Douglas IM1 4EE

  • via our QR code – go to the donate tab

  • contact our Executive Officer, Sandy Denning as per the details below.

Also, if you would like to get involved in organising a fundraising event for the Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association, please contact us at 07624 252725 or email us at

You can also request a fundraising pack that is full of ideas, hints & tips.