Click on Join to add a few details and start supporting us
Search on GoRaise for the retailer or product that you want, and click out. It's that easy.
Shop as normal and the retailer donates a portion of your spend to us. You don’t pay a penny extra.
Whether you're buying a new outfit, flights, computer equipment or furniture, we'll have the right retailer for you!
The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was set up in 1992 following the death from pancreatic cancer of actor Ralph Bates, star of the comedy TV show “Dear John” and the drama series “Poldark”. Ralph survived for just ten weeks after diagnosis.
At the time, Virginia Bates, his wife said;
“When Ralph was diagnosed as having cancer of the pancreas, I was told that nothing could be done and he only had between six and eight weeks left to live. He was 50 years old, playing in the West End with a movie lined up for the autumn….he and our 13 year old son, William, had enjoyed the summer together messing about in boats and he’d spent many evenings with Daisy, our daughter, helping her with lines for the TV series, “Forever Green”.
I couldn’t believe this was happening to my family….surely it wasn’t true, something could be done. But it couldn’t. And in spite of the tremendous care at the Royal Masonic Hospital, the predictions were correct. Ten weeks and one day later, Ralph died”.
Virginia still plays an extremely active part in the Charity.
Pancreatic cancer is a most debilitating and aggressive illness. It is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death across the globe. It does not discriminate between sexes. It doesn’t care if you’re famous, poor, wealthy or otherwise. Victims generally have a short life span once diagnosis is confirmed, with only 20% living beyond one year. Between 1971 and 2007 ten year survival rates increased from just 1.9% to 2.8% and are still only 3% (see chart on last page). Pancreatic cancer is effectively at the bottom of the league table of improvements in survival rates and whilst it is encouraging to see the level of improvement in survival rates in other cancers, it goes to show just how much we still have to do to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Research receives no direct government support apart from Gift Aid on qualifying donations and consequently, all funding must be sought from private means.
Our Fund supports research at St George’s University of London and other university hospitals, into causes and cures for this terrible cancer. Over 90% of all donations we receive is spent on charitable causes. The Trustees receive no remuneration or expense reimbursement.
Raise as an individual supporter whenever you shop onlineJoin - Individual
Add your company to start raising with your colleaguesLearn more - Companies
Add your marathon run or skydive and invite your friends and family to support your challengeLearn more - Challengers
See our FAQs or visit the Help Centre for more resources
Is there any cost to our cause or supporters?
No, it's completely free for your cause and supporters. The only cost is to the retailer.
Why do the retailers make a donation?
When you visit a retailer or service through goraise.co.uk they offer a donation as a thank you for your custom. Our partner retailers like to help, but it's also a way of attracting customers, so they essentially put it down as a marketing cost.
Sounds too good to be true – is there a catch?
There’s no catch, and to confirm, it won't cost you a penny!! In fact, there’s £millions worth of retailer commission available every year to fund good causes across the UK. Amazingly, many causes are still unaware of this easy, free way to generate funds through everyday online shopping.
How much of the donation does GoRaise take?
We don’t take a penny of the amount displayed. For all retailers we show a donation rate (% or £), which represents the full amount you are raising for your cause. For clarity, GoRaise is a commercial organisation, and we receive an additional payment from the retailer above and beyond that shown on the site.
Can any cause use GoRaise to fundraise?
Yes – any good cause (an organisation with unselfish goals) can use GoRaise to generate funds, from small community groups to national charities. Your favourite cause may already be registered. If it isn’t, it can be added for free. GoRaise helps charities, sports clubs, PTAs, community groups, churches, youth groups (Girl Guides, Scouts etc) and lots of other great causes.
How do we get paid?
You can choose to receive your money into a bank account or direct donation platform. We pay our causes every quarter and challengers monthly. We'll let you know once the payment has been sent. Please note: causes have to have at least £15 (and Challengers £2) in their account before we make payment
Share this fundraising page with your friends and family so they can support us too