Jack Dyson and Daniel Marks founders of father and son day

Inspiring men to reach out

‘Father and Son Day’ was set up in 2014 by Daniel Marks and Jack Dyson, both survivors of testicular cancer, to elevate consciousness around male cancer and to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Hear from Daniel and Jack as they discuss their support of The Royal Marsden and the founding of Father & Son Day in the video below:

Patient Chris Spencer in a Father and Son t-shirt

Darren Gerrish

This June will be the seventh anniversary of the campaign, and the most exciting year yet in raising both money and awareness around men’s cancers and encouraging an open dialogue around men’s health. The campaign has previously supported the UK's first Robotic Surgery Fellowships Programme at The Royal Marsden. Meanwhile proceeds from 2020’s campaign went towards psychological support services for hospital staff working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s campaign will help fund a variety of roles in support of The Royal Marsden’s patients including two psychologists, an exercise specialist and a dietician.

In previous years we are proud to have worked with a range of corporate partners including Orlebar Brown and MR PORTER who created an exclusive capsule of slogan t-shirts sold in aid of the campaign (images left and below). We have a number of exciting collaborations planned for this year’s campaign with further information revealed on these in the coming weeks. 

This campaign is inspired by very personal experience. It is about giving back to an organisation that saved my life and saves thousands more around the world every day.

Daniel Marks
Joao Amorim in a Father and Son t-shirt

Darren Gerrish

The difference it makes 

By supporting The Royal Marsden’s robotic fellowship programme, Father and Son Day has helped train the robotic surgery experts of the future.

The founders Jack Dyson and Daniel Marks, spoke about the importance of the campaign for them: 

To date, the Father & Son Day campaign has funded three Robotic Fellows who have successfully completed the Robotic Fellowship Programme. We have watched operations performed by specialist surgeons at The Royal Marsden – whose training we have funded. We have witnessed real change - and so we thank each and every one of our supporters and champions for helping to make that happen.

The next five years will be about building on this foundation. We need to continue building quantifiable support as well as awareness, raising funds and inspiring men together.

Keep checking this webpage for updates about this year’s campaign


Support the campaign

Text MARSDEN to 70800 and donate £5 to staff psychological support at The Royal Marsden.

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