About us

GUTS was established in 1983 with the aim of improving bowel cancer survival. Working in partnership with GP services in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex, the charity instigated one of the very earliest UK bowel cancer screening programmes.

Since the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme came into operation in 2006, we have used our funds to support research, provide equipment and facilities to improve care and treatment for patients at the Royal Surrey FT, and fund the GUTS Colon Cancer Family Clinic. We also work to raise awareness around bowel cancer, its causes and prevention.

Our Strategy

Our aim is to improve bowel cancer survival. We work towards this goal by funding equipment and facilities to improve care, screening and detection, by supporting research into the disease, and by raising awareness around causes and prevention.

Our Values

GUTS conducts its affairs as far as possible in accordance with the NCVO Charity Ethical Principles of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

We are…

Currently providing over £30,000 of funding annually to support the CITrUS Project. The project is being replicated at other centres across England, with the help of current and recent colorectal cancer patients. The aim of the project is to create a bank of information around symptoms, side effects and treatments for the benefit of future patients.

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We are…

Providing bowel cancer screening, monitoring and counselling for hundreds of patients at a higher risk of developing bowel cancer because of their family history, through the GUTS Colon Cancer Family Clinic.

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We are…

Providing small grants to many different research projects.

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We are…

A National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support.

The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS; they ensure studies are properly carried out, facilitate funding, and enable researchers to collaborate when areas of study overlap.

Our People

As a registered charity, GUTS is governed by a Board of Trustees that includes medical professionals and scientists, people from business, patients and their relatives. All give their time freely to help organise fundraising events and oversee the projects that funds are used to support.

The Charity has two part-time, paid employees: Nerissa Deeks manages all the day-to-day running of the charity and Nicola Hounsham manages the GUTS Colon Cancer Family Clinic.

Our Trustees

Professor Chris Marks FRCS (Patron)
Iain Jourdan FRCS (Chairman)
Matt Sharpe (Treasurer)
Dena Dixon
Professor Stephen Halloran
James Read FRCS
Professor Tim Rockall MBBS FRCS MD
Andrea Scala FRCS
John Stebbing FRCS
Christian Wells
Jayne White

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