The seed of Pelican Cancer Foundation was sown in the 1980s by Professor Bill Heald CBE, a renowned colorectal surgeon, aiming to improve bowel cancer surgery.
Today, Pelican is dedicated to curing bowel, liver, bladder and prostate cancers by improving surgery – and benefits from the support of a committed faculty of specialists, each expert in their field.
The charity works in close partnership with a number of organisations to achieve its aims – from the Department of Health to healthcare product providers to private trusts. Pelican has a small team based in Basingstoke that coordinate its training, communication and research activities.
The Pelican Research Review Panel, chaired by Prof Cliff Shearman, was established in 2009.
Pelican Cancer Foundation is a registered charity, a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and a non-commercial partner organisation of the National Institute of Health Research.