in 2018 we celebrate our 30th Anniversary
In 1987, Mary How died of bowel cancer. She was 46. Earlier detection of the disease could have saved her life.
On the night Mary died, her husband vowed to start a health screening charity to make a bowel screening test available to as many people as possible - giving them the chance that Mary never had.
The Mary How Trust for Cancer Prevention was founded in June 1988. (Our Registered Charity Number is 1122393.)
As well as screening for bowel cancer, the Mary How Trust looks for the early signs of many other life-threatening illnesses such as prostate and kidney cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Read more about our health screening service.
The Mary How Trust is run by fifteen paid employees and over a hundred volunteers. Our volunteers include our president, patrons and trustees/directors, as well as the many volunteers at our screening rooms, charity shop and at all our fundraising events. We feel blessed to have such wonderful support from the local and wider community. Learn how you can make a difference by getting involved.
The Mary How Trust is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales. (Our Company Registration Number is 6324356.)
Our trustee/directors have responsibility to ensure compliance with company law as well as the rules of the Charity Commission.
Our board ensures the Trust is well-governed and is transparent in all its affairs, and provides the Trust with a wide range of skills: medical, marketing, finance, human resources, business and experience of other, larger charities.
The board formally meets twice a year, and trustees who live locally assist the charity in an executive capacity on a regular basis.
We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, and agree to ensure our fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful. Read our Fundraising Promise, which outlines our commitment to donors and the public.
Each year we complete a review of the financial year just ending and also look ahead, setting out our aims for the coming year. We're proud to show YOUR support in action - where your donations go and the impact you're having on the good health and well-being of the community.