The Oak Cancer Centre Appeal

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, partners and fundraisers, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raised over £70 million to build the Oak Cancer Centre, making it our largest-ever fundraising appeal to date.

Image of the OCC Capital Appeal Board Members standing outside the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital

The Oak Cancer Centre Appeal: a timeline

March 2017 

The Oak Cancer Centre Appeal Board is established. The extraordinary fundraising achievements of these 16 individuals helps us to raise £70 million in our most successful appeal to date.

June 2017 

Oak Foundation pledges £25 million, the largest donation the Charity has ever received, and the building is named the Oak Cancer Centre.  

Kylie Minogue performing

June 2018 

His Royal Highness Prince William, Prince of Wales, hosts a special evening at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the innovative work of The Royal Marsden, including a performance by pop royalty Kylie Minogue.

A man in a purple suit and orange helmet abseils from the Accelormittal Sculpture in Olympic Park, London

July 2019 

A team of over twenty bankers from fifteen different firms abseil down the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London, raising over £250,000.

November 2019 

Sutton Council unanimously approves planning permission, after our application receives an unprecedented level of public support.

Music For The Marsden at the 02 arena for The Oak Cancer Centre appeal

March 2020 

The public fundraising appeal is launched with a star-studded benefit concert at London’s O2 Arena. The Music for the Marsden show includes performances from Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Eric Clapton and many more, and raises £1 million for the Oak Cancer Centre.

October 2020 

Construction work on the OCC begins, with the first stone laid by His Royal Highness Prince William, Prince of Wales.

The final block being laid for the construction of The Oak Cancer Centre

May 2021 

The Banham Marsden March goes virtual during the pandemic, with 5,000 people walking in their local areas to raise over £1.2 million for the Oak Cancer Centre Appeal.  

September 2021 

The Topping Out ceremony takes place, where the last layer of cement is added to the top of the building to signify reaching the highest point of the structure. 

July 2022 

The final panel of glazing is fitted, and photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into electricity, are installed on the roof to provide a greener source of energy. 

Rob Duncombe running the London Marathon dressed in an Oak Tree costume

October 2022 

The Royal Marsden’s Chief Pharmacist, Professor Rob Duncombe, runs the 2022 London Marathon dressed as an 8ft oak tree. Despite missing out on a Guinness World Record for the fastest tree to run a marathon, he smashes his £3,000 fundraising target. 

June 2023 

The Oak Cancer Centre is officially opened by His Royal Highness Prince William, Prince of Wales on 8 June 2023. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated, fundraised or volunteered.

Brick by brick, your support has been instrumental in making the Oak Cancer Centre a reality.