Cancer: A Need For Change

Education, research and an open mind drive optimal health

Registered Charity Number 1163761


The advancement of scientific and medical education in topics related to cancer and non-pharmaceutical treatments including the effect that neurological processes (thoughts and beliefs) have on cancer for the benefit of the public through medical research into the nature, causes, diagnosis, prevention treatment and cure of all forms of cancer, including the development of findings of research into practical applications for the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer.

‘Non-pharmaceutical’ means natural, non-synthetic or non-chemical treatments.


Gillian Harvey-Bush was prompted to found CANFC because of:

  • the lack of proper research and reliable information about approaches to cancer treatment other than the mainstream medical ones
  • the overwhelmingly negative image and fear of cancer
  • the surprising lack of knowledge among the public and even in the medical profession about important factors such as diet in relation to cancer and other chronic diseases

Gill was elected Chair at the first Trustee meeting on 17 August 2015.

We would like to make it clear that CANFC is not opposed to mainstream medical treatments for cancer. There is a huge amount of information and misinformation circulating about possible cancer cures, some supported by research, some by anecdotal evidence. There are also many urban myths with no supporting evidence.

Our main aim is to facilitate research employing scientific rigour to establish what really works and what doesn’t. We would then seek to have the treatments that do work integrated into the mainstream.

Beliefs, Bing and Me: The Active Role I Took to Tackle Cancer

Gill Harvey-Bush’s book (New Generation Publishing, with foreword by Eamonn Holmes) about her personal experience and survival of cancer is available via this page at a cost of £7.99.

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Gill is donating 50% of her royalties from sales of this book to the charity.

About Gill

Gill is a life performance coach and an experienced, inspirational public speaker. She is available by arrangement to give talks (conferences / seminars / educational establishments / formal or informal groups) on how she approached her diagnosis and treatment and why she founded the charity, with suggestions on how anyone can develop their own mindset and methods that work for them to tackle their own cancer or disease.

Contact Gill

The fee for Gill’s talks is negotiable depending on requirements. Gill runs her own business and 25% of her yearly profit is donated to the charity. She can be contacted via this website or via the contact page of her own website.

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Research Projects

CANFC actively seeks to support/fund projects that meet its objectives.

Our focus is on funding research into psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and nutrition in relation to cancer.

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) studies the interaction between the brain and the immune system. We believe this to be a highly significant field of study in relation to cancer and other diseases.

Our target for 2017/2018 is to raise £25,000+

The money raised will support 2 research projects:

1. Initially a minimum of £21,000 is required to fund a Phd student for a brand new research project being undertaken by Professor Qasim Aziz, of the Neurogastroenterology Group at Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Whilst Professor Aziz’s research is initially to carry out ‘Nutrition Research in Ehlers-Danos Syndrome’  it became clear that as a specialist in neurogastroenterology his work could shed light on the role of inflammation in the development of gastrointestinal cancers, such as colon cancer.

The breakdown in the integrity of the epithelial lining of the gut (intestinal permeability) is fast being recognised as a route to chronic illnesses across the spectrum, and this may include cancer. There are multiple complex mechanisms involved here and research could help shed light on the antecedents, triggers and mediators of chronic illnesses, like cancer.

“Nutrition Research in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type: Summary Connective tissue is present in the entire body and consists of a variety of different proteins, which as the name implies, help to connect (bind) the tissues together. Unfortunately there are many diseases that can affect the connective tissue proteins. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), is one such inherited condition caused by an abnormality in how the body makes collagen, which is one of the most important and common forms of connective tissue proteins. There are many different types of EDS depending on the type of collagen that is involved. The most common type is the EDS hypermobility type (EDS-HT) which is characteristically associated with stretchy skin and joints. As collagen is found in many different tissues in the body, symptoms in individuals with EDS-HT are wide ranging and can affect, for example, the joints, skin, gut and bladder, as well as cardiovascular, neurological and psychiatric function. This can result in considerable disability.

 There is no cure for EDS-HT and current treatments manage the symptoms but not the cause. However, there are many anecdotal reports, as well as clinical experience, of significant reduction in symptoms in patients with EDS-HT after making dietary changes and taking nutrient supplements. This is not surprising because certain nutrients are needed for the body to make collagen and to support connective tissue function. For example, vitamin C is a key nutrient in collagen formation and it has been demonstrated to be effective in healing of injured tissues. Thus, paying particular attention to the nutrients that are needed for connective tissue function is important to keep the body as healthy as possible. By making changes to dietary intake and taking nutrient supplements, it should thus be possible to improve nutrition status, which could improve connective tissue function. However, this concept has not yet been tested in research studies.

 The proposed research project will explore the rationale for giving dietary and nutrient supplement advice to individuals with EDS-HT. First, a review of the literature will be performed to assess the evidence for the use of dietary and nutrient supplements in EDS-HT. Second, an advice-based dietary intervention will be designed based on the literature review. Finally, a preliminary clinical study will be performed which will assess symptom improvement after making dietary changes. The proposed research has the potential to develop a diet-based nutritional medicine intervention that may reduce symptom severity in a significant number of EDS-HT patients and consequently improve their quality of life, through simple inexpensive, but effective dietary measures. Demonstration of effectiveness of dietary intervention in our preliminary study will form the basis of future studies where the dietary intervention will be compared to a control diet and success in this step will facilitate the implementation of the diet in the NHS and more widely for the treatment of patients with EDS-HT.”

2. To continue to support the work of Professor Nick Hulbert-Williams at Chester Research Unit for the Psychology of Health, University of Chester. The core of his current work is focussing on how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy might be used to support people affected by cancer.

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One of the research projects we support needs help in finding participants. Can you help Professor Nick Hulbert-Williams and his team at Chester research unit for the Psychology of Health, University of Chester.

Research exploring the emotional impact of cancer

Are you over the age of 16 and have received a cancer diagnosis in the last 12 months? If so, researchers from the University of Chester, Queen’s University of Belfast, University of Edinburgh, McGill University, Canada and the University of Sydney would like to invite you to take part in an interesting new study.

Purpose of the research

We are exploring the emotional impact of cancer. We know that receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a potentially distressing time and we are interested in finding out how people cope during this time.

What will participants be asked to do?

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire once every 3 months, for two years. Each questionnaire will take about 20 minutes to complete. You will be free to stop taking part at any time.


As a thank you for participating in the research, each time you complete a questionnaire, you will be entered in to a prize draw where you have the chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher. Additionally, everyone who completes all questionnaire will be entered in to a prize draw where you have the chance of winning an iPad mini.

For more information

If you would like to find out more information about the research, please click on the following link which will take you to the survey and information sheet ( Alternatively, please contact the research team at


Gill is interviewed on the community radio – Brooklands Radio

Following the ‘Wonderful Women Dinner’ in March we were contacted by Jackie Mitchell, one of the presenters of the lunchtime show “Just Women” to ask if Gill would be happy to go on the show.

Jackie had been at the dinner and wanted to know more about what had led Gill to write her books and start the charity.

Gill appeared on the show in June 2017. You can listen to her interview by clicking below.

New Event for CANFC – chance to ride in a BOBSLEIGH!

Are you an extreme thrill seeker? Would you like to have a go in a BOBSLEIGH, or know someone who would, and help us raise some funds?

If so we would like to hear from you. We are looking to gather a group of approximately 10 – 12 people to come to Austria with us over 3 days, stay half board in a  4* hotel and have a go on the bobsleigh run as used by the British team.

The options would be either later this year in November or February/March next year depending on the preference and numbers.

As a charity we like to be as transparent as much as possible. The cost per person would be £650 for the airport transfers, hotel and 2 runs in the bobsleigh, plus we would ask for a minimum donation of £150 (any more would be fantastic) to the charity = £850 plus the cost of your flight.

It is easier for everyone to book their own flights depending on the airport they are travelling from and preferred airline.

If you would like to bring someone with you for the 3 days who does not want to do the bobsleigh run please let us know and we will find out the cost.

If your company would like to advertise not eh side of the bobsleigh for a donation to CANFC this can be arranged. You don’t have to come in person!

Payment Options:

You can pay for it all yourself just because you want to do it and don’t want to ask for sponsorship or donations

OR get sponsorship for the full cost

OR get sponsored for the donation “bit” to the charity and pay for the rest yourself.

If you would like to join us please register your interest via email to us at

New Trustees Required.

Do you have some time to spare and would like to be part of the board of trustees for CANFC? If so we are looking for 2 or 3 new trustees who can offer additional skills to grow the charity. Please email us at


The first research project to receive a donation from CANFC.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us, by making a donation or coming to one of our events. As a result we were able to make a donation to our first research project at the University of Chester.


A New Trustee joins the board.

We are really pleased to announce that Mr Peter Alvarez-Buylla has agreed to join the board of trustees. Peter brings with him a range of skills that will be of benefit to the charity.

Another Successful Quiz Night!

We held our second quiz night with a fish and chip supper and licensed bar in January. We would like to thank everyone who came and helped us raise over £600!

 Sad News to End 2016

A final ‘Bon Voyage’ to one of our trustees.

We are very sad to announce that at the end of November 2016 we lost one of trustees, and a great friend, Sarah Whitworth to cancer. Sarah was passionate about the charity and she will be sadly missed.

Work Experience Student

We are very lucky to have Joley Greenaway, an A Level student from the Howard of Effingham School, with us for a week (w/c 11 July) on work experience. She is investigating and compiling a list of university research projects relevant to CANFC. The trustees will then make a shortlist in order to decide who to approach to offer funding.

CANFC gets its first mention in the media.

Gill was recently featured (May 17 – 23 2016)  in ‘My Weekly’ in an article entitled “I’ve Survived Cancer Now What? Her answer to that question was to start this charity and, at the request of several people, to write a book!

My Weekly

CANFC chosen as the charity for Stargazer Events ‘Wonderful Women’ Dinner in 2017

We are really pleased to have been chosen by ‘Stargazer Events’ as the charity they wish to support at their next Wonderful Women Dinner on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. 

The evening will be held at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey for the third year running and if this year was anything to go by a good reason to treat yourself.  Put the date in your diary for a really fun evening and opportunity to meet some other wonderful women! You’ll also be helping to support our great charity.

Keep checking our ‘Events’ section for further details and how to purchase tickets.

Our first event confirmed.

With many events under discussion and lots happening behind the scenes we are pleased to announce that our first event will be a quiz night with fish & chip supper in Weybridge, Surrey on Friday 17th June  7.00 – 10.30pm. In addition to the quiz there will be a raffle and some lovely hand made cards on sale from a local artist and craft company with a donation going to the charity. If you would like to join us please go to  where you will find all the details and a booking form.

We’re ready to rattle.

Our new collecting tins (well actually they are made of plastic) have arrived boldly displaying our own logo. We already have a few out and about in Cobham, Weybridge and surrounding areas, so keep your eyes open and if you have some spare change please pop it in as it would be very welcome. Alternatively if you would be happy to display one of our collecting tins please contact us and we’ll arrange to get one to you.

A New Trustee joins the board.

We are really pleased to announce that Mrs Isabel Mabbutt has agreed to join the board of trustees and will act as Treasurer for the charity.

Are Celebrities The Only Targets?

30th March 2016 | Gill

Recently there was some media coverage concerning Tom Hanks talking about his wife, Rita Wilson, having beaten breast cancer. Through her encounter with cancer it also brought to their attention the number of people offering and more importantly, selling false hope in various forms. Tom is reported as saying:

“One thing I have noticed through this is that there are people out there in the world who, when they find out you have a certain illness, particularly cancer, they will immediately try to make money off you. They do this by pushing some procedures that might have a degree of science to them that might make them accurate, and some others that are complete quackery. Like anything from saying, “Go to some clinic in Bolivia and they’ll cure you”, or “Just go on a diet of peach stones” or something crazy. These people are just trying to make money from the illness and they only add to the difficulty of what is already going on because they are dealing in false hopes. It is astounding the amount of that that goes on. They’re predators.”

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The Trustees

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Gillian Harvey-Bush
Gill has an airline background and rose to be cabin crew manager at Thomas Cook. In 2003 she decided to go freelance as a coach and business trainer. She has a BSc Honours degree in psychology, is a qualified life performance coach, master…

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Justin Buckthorp
Justin Buckthorp is a healthcare practitioner who focuses on taking a proactive, personalised and preventative approach that is grounded in evidence-based research. He has 15 years’ experience consulting individuals and organisations…

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Clive Harvey
Clive is a qualified teacher but has been a working musician for most of his adult life. Either as a soloist or in bands he has played all over the UK and in several countries abroad as far afield as Hong Kong. He has performed on TV and radio…

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Peter Alvarez-Buylla Profile
Peter Alvarez-Buylla
Peter has an airline background having worked with Laker Airways, World Airways and Virgin Atlantic. He has a strong service orientation and has a passion for helping businesses provide outstanding customer service. This passion led him to start working….

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