Cancer Central recognised for innovation in brand new award

Social impact start-up Cancer Central wins ‘HealthTech Innovation of the Year’, a new category at the 7th Annual Digital Leaders 100 Awards.

The recognition is the latest in a number of accolades for the innovative social enterprise, launched in October 2018, and its founder, Avril Chester.

A new and growing digital platform, Cancer Central has been created to provide a central source of information for those affected by cancer and those who care for them. A breast cancer survivor, Chester founded the company after facing first-hand the many challenges in finding targeted information, resources and support during her own cancer journey. Whatever the question or needs, Cancer Central aims to signpost businesses, services and charities - locally, nationally and online - who can offer the advice and support they need.

Created through a pioneering combination of corporate sponsorship, community support and crowdsourced innovation, Cancer Central has built significant momentum in the 9 months since it was officially launched.

“Cancer Central has been created from over 25,000 hours from 200+ individuals and 30+ organisations, with major contributions from TechFINIUM, ROQ and IBM. Winning this award is an incredible achievement for all who are involved in supporting people affected by cancer,” said Cancer Central Founder & CEO, Avril Chester.

“The Digital Leaders 100 Winners 2019 once again highlights the progress in digitally transforming the UK. Our community of Digital Leaders have shone a light on the many hidden heroes, quietly getting on with the nation’s digital transformation.” said Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders.

Over time, Cancer Central will become the go-to place to find cancer support. Support includes but is not limited to, benefits advice, insurance products, counselling, complementary therapy, respite care, hats, wigs, lingerie, skincare, financial help, nutrition advice, local societies or communities, meals on wheels, books, blogs, forums, local hospital taxi services – all based on geographical location and cancer type.


Further information: To begin to make a difference and impact, Cancer Central requires businesses, charities and communities (local, regional and national) who support those affected by cancer to register on their site, so that they can signpost to them in time of need. Cancer Central are looking for all help and support in spreading the word. Individuals and organisations can register for free here:

About Cancer Central

Avril Chester, founded the company in 2018 after surviving breast cancer. The company’s goal is to be a leader in the social impact business space with thanks to their pioneering approach, ‘cominovation’. Established as a community interest company, Cancer Central is committed to reinvesting a minimum of 65% of its profits on the continuous development and improvement of the platform, and places collaboration and partnerships at the heart of its growth strategy. To join the Cancer Central journey, follow on @CancerCentralUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. #HelpisHere

Cancer Central is actively seeking funding.

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Avril Chester on

About the Digital Leaders 100

Each year’s list is created from nominations submitted by members of the 100,000 strong Digital Leaders Community before being shortlisted by the DL100 judges who are taken from the Advisory Board members.

This year’s list is the 7th cohort to join the alumni of previous winners that now numbers over 600 leaders from Government, Enterprise, startups and charities. These former members stay in touch, network and learn from each other through participation in the DL100 Club.

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Robin Knowles on + 44 (0) 7710132900

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About Cancer Central

Cancer Central is the first award winning HealthTech cancer platform using AI to guide people affected by cancer to find the support and information they need. It is a young social enterprise created from over 60,000 donated hours. Founded by Avril Chester in 2018 after noting the disparate channels to find support for practical issues and services such as local societies or daily radiotherapy taxi hire to deeply personal ones such as financial, hats or wigs, during her diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. She started her mission to create a centralised hub, to help people affected by cancer to find the Information and support they need. A place for both cancer patients and their carer's.

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