Larry and George Lamb

Like father, like son

Fathers, sons and mentors team up to raise awareness of male cancers and raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Father and Son Day was set up in 2014 by Daniel Marks and Jack Dyson, two friends who both survived testicular cancer, and whose fathers have also had cancer.

Throughout June, with a focus on Father’s Day, the campaign encourages men to share pictures of themselves with their inspirational dads, sons or mentors and donate to the charity. Each year celebrities take part in the campaign, sharing photos by using the hashtag #FatherAndSonDay.

This year, proceeds from Mr Porter’s selection of blue shirts and Orlebar Brown’s exclusive Father and Son Day t-shirts will be donated to the cause.

The campaign supports the UK's first Robotic Surgery Fellowships Programme at The Royal Marsden and increases awareness for the psychological support programme for young men.

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
Doctors Martin Gore and James Larkin

A tale of two doctors

The campaign is not just about fathers and their sons but also about men and their mentors. In 2017 Dr James Larkin, Consultant Medical Oncologist, and his mentor Professor Martin Gore, Consultant Medical Oncologist and former Medical Director, both at The Royal Marsden, took part.

Martin motivated me as a junior doctor in 1999 to pursue a career in oncology. I'm not alone: a generation of doctors and scientists have been inspired by his commitment to improving treatment for cancer and his unwavering dedication to patients, the Marsden and the National Health Service.

After completing my training I was lucky enough to join Martin as a Consultant treating melanoma and kidney cancer. We still talk almost every day and I'm still learning from him, not least in trying to be as effective a mentor as I can for doctors in training.

This is about raising funds to support the people at the heart of improving the lives of those men with cancer, making a difference at the frontline of care – somewhere we’ll all be at some point.

Jack Dyson
Since 2014 Father and Son Day has raised
over £180,000
to help fund the UK’s first Robotic Surgical Fellowship programme

Support our work

Vital funding from initiatives like Father and Son Day means our researchers can continue to find better treatments for male cancers and our doctors like Martin and James have the support they need to help more people with cancer every day. Your donation can help us to continue this important work.