Balls to Cancer Charity Ball 2024

We are very pleased to announce that the tickets are on sale NOW for our 2024 Charity Ball!

The ball will be back at the very beautiful Grand Station in Wolverhampton and will be on Friday 29th November.

We will have our usual amazing mix of wonderful food, great live entertainment and brilliant celebrity guests.

So if you would like to join us celebrating another year of helping, funding, supporting people with cancer, then get your tickets before the prices increase !

Tickets are available here or for a reduced table of ten ticket are available here

We need your help to keep our Free holidays for anyone with cancer open for 2024

We are now planning for 2024 and need your help raising the vital funds we need to be able to open our free holiday homes next year.

Sadly again this year the costs have risen for the coming year and we need you and your friends to help us raise the funds to keep this vital break for people with cancer going through treatment.

For some this is their last holiday and we desperately need to make sure this is still available.

if you can help please donate here

Balls to Cancer Ladies 23/24

we are extremely proud to announce our ladies football team for the 2023/24 season.

Our kits this year are Sponsored by in memory of Ryland Wayne Morris and Home 360 Security Systems.

1 Trinity Martin “Sponsored by Knotty Owl”
2 Hollie Langford – “Sponsored by Ella Sherwin”
3 Louise Chaves “Sponsored by Everyone Active”
4 Sophie Lewis “Sponsored by Simon Rikunenko”
5 Kasia Webb “Sponsored by CDE&F Binksy”
6 Alex Bates – Vice Captain “Sponsored in Memory of Grandad Tunna”
7 Amelia Garrett “Sponsored byTaylormade Boilers & Bathrooms Ltd”
8  Jodie Jones – Captain “Sponsored by Home 360 Security”
9 Chelsea Cope “Sponsored by Simon Rikunenko”
10 Dani Gedling “Sponsored by Simon Rikunenko”
11 Vikki Shaw “Sponsored by Simon Rikunenko “
12 Cath Postin Assistant manager “Sponsored by Top up Teachers”
14 Chloe Teague “Sponsored by Mel Teague”
15 Aminata Nouhou “Sponsored by Simon Rikunenko “
16 Molly Jasper “Sponsored by Jasper Posse”
17  Abi Bond “Sponsored by Green Frog Connect “
18  Katie McBride “Sponsored by In Memory of Nanny Pat”
19 Kanika Grumble “Sponsored by Jolly catering”
22 Stephanie Owen “Sponsored by Dave & Emily Whiteman”
88 Katie Sillwood-Monk “Sponsored by GR8 8”

Lorraine Hughes “Sponsored ln memory of Ivan Burkett”
Amy Timbrell “Sponsored by Simon Rikunenko “
Luke Timbrell “Sponsored by Simon Rikunenko “
Mark Bates- Manager “Sponsored by Paul, Michelle & Piper”

Blackpool Scooter Weekender 2024.

We are very excited to announce that our friend’s at The IN Crowd Blackpool and the Old Bastards Scooter Club are holding a fantastic Scooter rally/Weekender at the Fleetwood Rugby Club between the 7th and 9th June 2024.

It’s set to be a great weekend of live music, DJs and ride outs to raise funds and awareness of Balls To Cancer!

We will be there and hopefully a few of our celebrity friends will be joining us!

For more information and tickets please contact Shaun from the IN Crowd on 07706 858253.

We are looking for bands and DJs who are willing to donate their services to help make the weekend a massive success.

Could your business help sponsor the event so we can cut down on costs so more money raised can come to the Charity.

Aspartame hazard and risk assessment results released

Assessments of the health impacts of the non-sugar sweetener aspartame are released today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). Citing “limited evidence” for carcinogenicity in humans, IARC classified aspartame as possibly carcinogenic to humans (IARC Group 2B) and JECFA reaffirmed the acceptable daily intake of 40 mg/kg body weight.Aspartame is an artificial (chemical) sweetener widely used in various food and beverage products since the 1980s, including diet drinks, chewing gum, gelatin, ice cream, dairy products such as yogurt, breakfast cereal, toothpaste and medications such as cough drops and chewable vitamins.“Cancer is one of the leading causes of death globally. Every year, 1 in 6 people die from cancer. Science is continuously expanding to assess the possible initiating or facilitating factors of cancer, in the hope of reducing these numbers and the human toll,” said Dr Francesco Branca, Director of the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, WHO. “The assessments of aspartame have indicated that, while safety is not a major concern at the doses which are commonly used, potential effects have been described that need to be investigated by more and better studies.”The two bodies conducted independent but complementary reviews to assess the potential carcinogenic hazard and other health risks associated with aspartame consumption. This was the first time that IARC has evaluated aspartame and the third time for JECFA.After reviewing the available scientific literature, both evaluations noted limitations in the available evidence for cancer (and other health effects).IARC classified aspartame as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) on the basis of limited evidence for cancer in humans (specifically, for hepatocellular carcinoma, which is a type of liver cancer). There was also limited evidence for cancer in experimental animals and limited evidence related to the possible mechanisms for causing cancer.JECFA concluded that the data evaluated indicated no sufficient reason to change the previously established acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 0–40 mg/kg body weight for aspartame. The committee therefore reaffirmed that it is safe for a person to consume within this limit per day. For example, with a can of diet soft drink containing 200 or 300 mg of aspartame, an adult weighing 70kg would need to consume more than 9–14 cans per day to exceed the acceptable daily intake, assuming no other intake from other food sources.IARC’s hazard identifications are the first fundamental step to understand the carcinogenicity of an agent by identifying its specific properties and its potential to cause harm, i.e. cancer. IARC classifications reflect the strength of scientific evidence as to whether an agent can cause cancer in humans, but they do not reflect the risk of developing cancer at a given exposure level. The IARC hazard evaluation considers all types of exposures (e.g. dietary, occupational). The strength-of-evidence classification in Group 2B is the third highest level out of 4 levels, and it is generally used either when there is limited, but not convincing, evidence for cancer in humans or convincing evidence for cancer in experimental animals, but not both.“The findings of limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and animals, and of limited mechanistic evidence on how carcinogenicity may occur, underscore the need for more research to refine our understanding on whether consumption of aspartame poses a carcinogenic hazard,” said Dr Mary Schubauer-Berigan of the IARC Monographs programme.JECFA’s risk assessments determine the probability of a specific type of harm, i.e. cancer, to occur under certain conditions and levels of exposure. It is not unusual for JECFA to factor IARC classifications into its deliberations.“JECFA also considered the evidence on cancer risk, in animal and human studies, and concluded that the evidence of an association between aspartame consumption and cancer in humans is not convincing,” said Dr Moez Sanaa, WHO’s Head of the Standards and Scientific Advice on Food and Nutrition Unit. “We need better studies with longer follow-up and repeated dietary questionnaires in existing cohorts. We need randomized controlled trials, including studies of mechanistic pathways relevant to insulin regulation, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, particularly as related to carcinogenicity.”The IARC and JECFA evaluations of the impact of aspartame were based on scientific data collected from a range of sources, including peer-reviewed papers, governmental reports and studies conducted for regulatory purposes. The studies have been reviewed by independent experts, and both committees have taken steps to ensure the independence and reliability of their evaluations.IARC and WHO will continue to monitor new evidence and encourage independent research groups to develop further studies on the potential association between aspartame exposure and consumer health effects. 

(Via World Health Organisation)

Howden Coffee and Balls to Cancer: A Collaboration Worth Drinking to

Howden Coffee, UK-based coffee specialists, has partnered with Balls to Cancer in an effort to further raise support for those living with, and affected by cancer. With every purchase made by their customers, Howden Coffee will donate 5% of their sales to Balls to Cancer, supporting the mission of raising awareness and supporting those affected by cancer.Eliott Spencer, Founder of Howden Coffee, shared his thoughts on the partnership, saying, “We wanted to find a way to give back to the community and make a meaningful impact. We believe that partnering with Balls to Cancer is the perfect way to do this, as we are able to support their amazing work and make a difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.”The partnership between Howden Coffee and Balls to Cancer is a beneficial collaboration for both parties that allows coffee lovers to get more than just a bag of coffee. Howden Coffee are able to give back to the community while allowing more people to support charities in a truly convenient way. Howden Coffee are committed to making a difference and supporting causes that matter. Through the partnership, Balls to Cancer can become even more able to provide support and care to those in need.Cancer is a disease that affects millions of people around the world, and partnerships like this are crucial to making sure that the valued support provided by Balls to Cancer gets the backing to grow and continue the invaluable work carried out. The partnership between Howden Coffee and Balls to Cancer is a shining example of how businesses can make a difference. Through this partnership, there is the ability to raise awareness about cancer, support those affected by the disease, and make a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals and families. With every bag of coffee sold, Howden Coffee are able to support the mission of Balls to Cancer and provide help to those in need.To get your coffee fix while supporting an amazing charity, visit Howden Coffee and make a difference.

Balls to Cancer Ladies FC have a new sponsor for 22/23 season.

We are very pleased to announce that for the coming season our ladies team home shirt sponsors are Provincial Safety.

You can find out more on them by visiting their website

Provincial Safety Services Ltd was established in 1982 by our current Managing Director Stephen Turner.

They are located at a single location in Oldbury, West Midlands of approximately 20,000 square feet.

With over 35 years based in the Midlands they have had continuous growth over this period and have built a reputation for the supply of high quality clothing and safety equipment to meet the needs of its many customers. Part of this reputation has been the flexibility of Provincial Safety Services’ skilled workforce who are able to adapt to the requirements of our customers. It is partially due to this flexibility that the company is able to offer a friendly, reliable service as well as ensure the quality and speed of response that today’s discerning buyers require.

Over the years they have established extremely good relationships with both their customers and suppliers, which have and will continue to be of paramount importance in everything they do.

They can offer our customers the complete range of industrial safety equipment and clothing from head to foot personal protection. They also offer bespoke garments from our own manufacturing facility here in the West Midlands. Providing customers with the option to produce garments to their own specification and design, incorporating clients own logo’s and colours.

They have a very strong support network to provide advise and solutions to any situation that may arise within your work place. Their knowledge and expert advice from the manufacturers will ensure this. Together they will respond in a quick and professional manor. It is important to us that any issues our customers may have are immediately dealt with.

Provincial Safety management has over 100 years’ experience in the PPE sector supplying safety equipment to the UK markets that meets all the accepted safety standards.


They take environmental responsibility for our disposal of waste in accordance with Duty of Care Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Local deliveries are made by Provincial Safety Services their vehicles which are regularly maintained, serviced and emission tested. Deliveries further afield are by an international courier who also take environment issues seriously.

Our Founders win prestigious award!

On Monday 7th March our founders Susan and Mark Bates were awarded a “Pride of Birmingham ” award for their work with Balls to Cancer.

The star studded red carpet event was held at the beautiful Great Hall at the Birmingham University.

Susan and Mark were awarded the TSB Community Heroes award. This is a special award that TSB the sponsors of the event choose for someone they believe make a big difference to people’s lives.

The night was hosted by the amazing Kym Marsh and they received their award from Wolves Captain Conor Coady, Birmingham City legend Troy Deeney and the hilarious Comedian Darren Harriott.