The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity has today been awarded £1,587,546 from the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to boost the care given to children with cancer.
The LIBOR grant will go towards funding teams of play specialists, psychiatrists and physiotherapists, as well as buying vital equipment, at the Oak Centre for Children and Young People (OCCYP) at The Royal Marsden.
Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Antonia Dalmahoy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant. £1,587,546 is a fantastic amount. It is so important that not only do young patients receive the very best treatment and care, but that their psychological needs are also met at what is a very challenging time in their and their families’ lives. This grant will help us ensure that this is a reality for our patients.”
The Royal Marsden’s OCCYP is one of the largest paediatric cancer centres in Europe, providing the very best in diagnosis, treatment and research. The work carried out there ensures young patients everywhere not only survive their cancer, but are able to lead long and healthy lives.
Helping children cope with cancer is very important. Their psychological experiences and quality of life during their illness are essential to ensuring they can undergo potentially life-saving treatment, and reduce any future symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
For example, our team of play specialists use their understanding of child development and employ therapeutic play activities to help patients become less scared about treatment and distract them during a procedure.
With this grant we also want to develop a comprehensive holistic pain management and rehabilitation program for our young patients that in time can be rolled out nationally and empower our patients by making sure they have access to a team of paediatric psychologists who can help them through their cancer treatment and afterwards.
The hospital’s ongoing ability to deliver high quality cancer treatment relies heavily upon access to state of the art equipment. There is an urgent need to invest in new fluoroscopy equipment, which uses x-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the body’s interior, so that our patients can access faster, more accurate diagnoses and procedures, with fewer side effects. Money from the grant will help us make this much needed investment.
The money, distributed by the Treasury, comes from fines levied on financial institutions over the LIBOR scandal which saw a key interest rate fraudulently manipulated.