HRH The Duke of Cambridge celebrates the work of The Royal Marsden
HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, attended a dinner tonight (Thursday, 14 June) at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the innovative work of The Royal Marsden and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
The Royal Marsden is the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, a centre of excellence with an international reputation for groundbreaking research and pioneering the very latest in cancer treatments.
In order to continue this work The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity has launched its most ambitious appeal to date to raise £70 million to build a brand new cancer facility, the Oak Cancer Centre.
The Oak Cancer Centre Appeal
The appeal has now reached the half way mark, with thanks to a lead gift of £25 million from Oak Foundation, long-term supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
The new centre will place over 300 pioneering researchers alongside patients with the most challenging and rare cancers, ensuring patients are at the heart of research and helping to speed up the development of new treatments to improve survival.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge was joined by Chief Executive Cally Palmer CBE, Chairman Charles Alexander, and valued supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for a musical performance by Kylie Minogue, and dinner in the Picture Gallery.
Guests included Lady Helen Taylor, Trustee of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Appeal Board Chairman Mike Slade, singer Kylie Minogue, actors Olivia Colman and Tom Hiddleston and tennis star Grigor Dimitrov.
The evening started with a drinks reception in the Blue Drawing Room and Music Room and speeches by Professor David Cunningham, Director of Clinical Research at The Royal Marsden and HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
To finish the evening, Jake Coates, Royal Marsden Cancer Charity supporter and widower of Royal Marsden patient Emmy Coates, spoke about the work of The Royal Marsden and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.