The seed of the 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 Lord Ribeiro, was established in 2009.
Pelican Cancer Foundation is a registered charity, a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and a partner organisation of the National Institute of Health Research.