Campaign Timeline

November 2020
16th November  Catch Up With Cancer issue campaign update video
13th November Professor Pat Price appears on BBC Radio 5 to comment on the cancer backlog and latest cancer data  
12th November Professor Pat Price, founder of Catch Up With Cancer & Radiotherapy4Life and chair of Action Radiotherapy, appears on BBC News at 6pm and 10pm
12th November Catch Up With Cancer social media event results in 3,800 emails to MPs in 24 hours  
12th November  #CatchUpWithCancer co-founder and petition author, Craig Russell appears on Sky News
October 2020
29th October  The Catch Up With Cancer campaign support report by Macmillan Cancer  
23rd October The Catch Up With Cancer campaign issue urgent call to boost cancer services  
22nd October  Professor Pat Price features on BBC Breakfast TV 
20th October Daily Mirror feature Kelly Smith’s story and #CatchUpWithCancer: “ Young mum’s harrowing cancer death as Covid forces thousands to die along and in agony 
20th October The Daily Express article on new ONS figures and #CatchUpWithCancer clinical expert opinion 
19th October The Sun article features comments from Professor Pat Price and the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign on new ONS figures on deaths at home 
19th October Co-founder of #CatchUpWithCancer and father of Kelly Smith, Craig Russell, features on ITV News 
19th October The Daily Telegraph features comment from Professor Pat Price on the new ONS figures 
17th October  Daily Mail reports on the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and the impact of the Covid response on cancer patients 
10th October BBC Breakfast TV speak with #CatchUpWithCancer’s Craig Russell about the campaign
10th October The Times article with patients who shared their story with the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign 

10th October Al Jazeera report on UK patients missing cancer treatment due to Covid and the #CatchUpWithCancer and Radiotherapy4Life calls for boost to radiotherapy

11th October The #CatchUpWithCancer campaign covered in Sunday Express article

6th October The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy and APPG on Cancer met with the Secretary of State Matt Hancock

6th October #CatchUpWithCancer patient connections share their stories on BBC Three Counties Radio 

1st October  The #CatchUpWithCancer and Radiotherapy4Life campaign respond to the Health and Social Care Committee report’s cancer backlog recommendations 

September 2020

27th September The Sunday Times “Cancer sufferers go door to door to pay for private treatment” article with quote from #CatchUpWithCancer


5th September  #CatchUpWithCancer Change.Org petition hits 300,000 signees 

2nd September #CatchUpWithCancer petition author and father of Kelly Smith, Craig Russell issues direct video message to Matt Hancock 

August 2020

27th August One of the founders of the CatchUpWithCancer campaign, Professor Pat Price, has written a piece for CapX titled Government must act now to avert a Covid cancer catastrophe.


25th August #CatchUpWithCancer petition hits 250,000 signatures

22nd August The Times 107 MPs write to Prime Minister to warn cancer backlog may cost 30,000 lives More than 100 MPs have written to Boris Johnson after the coronavirus lockdown caused severe disruption to cancer diagnoses and treatments. They have called on him to deliver an emergency boost to treatment capacity.

21st August 107 MPs sign the APPG for Radiotherapy & #CatchUpWithCancer cross-party letter to the Prime Minister

24th August Professor Pat Price gives a video update on the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and thanks supporters


17th August The Sun - Brits now more likely to die from cancer than 15 years ago because of coronavirus Professor Pat Price called on ministers to tackle the growing backlog with the “same speed, energy, and focus” deployed against the pandemic.

16th August Sunday ExpressDeborah James - I might be recovering from cancer but my friends are gone  Kelly's parents Mandy and Craig Russell are now calling on the Government to get cancer services back up and running to avoid further tragedies and have launched a petition - which has so far received more than 200,000 signatures - to stop tens of thousands of coronavirus-linked cancer deaths.

11th August Hits Radio Manchester interview with Professor Pat Price “This is the worst cancer crisis in my lifetime... we have never halted

cancer services”


10th August Hits Radio - Kelly Smith’s father Craig Russell interview about the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign and loss of his daughter following Covid impacts on her cancer treatment 

6th August Hits Radio SPECIAL REPORT: Fears COVID-19 pandemic is leading to 'worst cancer crisis in a lifetime' Professor Pat Price, is interviewed for special report on Hits Radio network

3rd August The #CatchUpWithCancer petition on Change.org now has 200,000 signatures just weeks after being launched


July 2020

31st July Bloomberg articleRadiotherapy Seen as Key to Solving U.K. Covid Cancer Crisis “Radiotherapy is faster, quicker and remote, so it’s the smart solution to this crisis,” said Pat Price, chair of Action Radiotherapy, who has been an oncologist for 32 years and calls the current crisis in Britain “the greatest tragedy to hit cancer care in my lifetime.”

19th July Lurgan Mail Lurgan Mail article highlights cancer services: Cancer patients, who have had no treatment since Lockdown, still await appointments for chemotherapy says MP

19th July Sunday Express Father’s grief: ‘They stopped chemotherapy as it might make her vulnerable to Covid’

19th July Sunday Express Founder of Radiotherapy4Life & #CatchUpWithCancer, and Chair of Action Radiotherapy, Professor Price writes Delay is a danger: We need to act fast: “Without doubt we are facing a truly national crisis”… “There needs to be a ‘super boost’ to cancer service from diagnostics right through the treatment pathway, to cope with what is shaping up to be the mother of all backlogs. And a good deal of that boost needs to go into transforming radiotherapy”.


17th July BBC Midlands Professor Pat Price is interview “It is vital we clear the cancer backlog and get cancer services back up and running. We can save thousands of lives if we act now”


11-14th July The #CatchUpWithCancer campaign has also featured extensively in local and regional news

13th July The Express Cancer petition: How to sign Kelly Smith petition to stop THOUSANDS of deaths

13th July The Sun Petition to stop tens of thousands of Covid-linked cancer deaths hits 145k in 48 hours after young mum died in lockdown


13th July ITV Petition calling for action to tackle cancer deaths tops 100,000 signatures

13th July The Sunday Telegraph While Covid has been prioritised, what has become of the rest of the NHS?

12th July BBC News Coronavirus: Cancer patient Kelly Smith's family petition backed

12th July The #CatchUpToCancer campaign petition hits 100,000 on First Day – 150,000 in under 48 hours

11th July The Sun My friend died too soon when coronavirus stopped her treatment – a tsunami of cancer deaths is about to hit


11th July - Launch of #CatchUpWithCancer Radiotherapy4Life have teamed up with family of Kelly Smith to launch the campaign and Change.Org petition on BBC Breakfast TV | to get cancer services up and running, boost radiotherapy and save thousands of lives