Privacy and cookies policy

This privacy and cookies policy sets out how The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity uses and protects any information that you give The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity when you use this website.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 23 May 2012.

What we collect

Certain forms on this website allow us to collect the following information about you:

  • Name
  • Contact information, including email address
  • Other information relevant to your reason for contacting us

In addition to this, we also have a facility to take payments by credit or debit card. Payment transactions are handled by our partner IATS, a secure payment processing provider. Your credit/debit card and related personal details are collected by IATS in order to process your donation. More details regarding IATS’ terms and conditions, and privacy and security policies can be found by visiting the IATS website.

What we do with the information we gather

Any personal information you send to us via this website will be collected and stored, and used only for the purpose for which it was intended. For example:

  • If you make a donation, we will use your name, address and credit card information to process this payment
  • If you sign up for our monthly email newsletter we will send you a regular email containing the latest fundraising and hospital news from The Royal Marsden
  • If you email us to enquire about a challenge event we will respond using the contact details you provide

We will not share the information you send to us with anyone else except in situations where third-party agencies are providing services on our behalf. For example, we may give your postal address to a mailing house so that they can send you a letter from us, or we may provide an event-organiser with which we are working with a list of participants and their contact details. We have agreements in place with these agencies to ensure that your data is kept confidential and is only used for the purpose it was intended.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

When you access this website we will place small amounts of information on the device you are using. These small files are known as cookies and they cannot be used to identify you personally.

You can learn more about cookies and how to manage them yourself on this DirectGov page: Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them.

There are two types of cookie on this website: tracking cookies and technical cookies.

Tracking cookies

Tracking cookies allow us to measure how many people access this website, which pages they visit, how they find the site and other related information. We use this information to maintain and improve the website, for example by ensuring we can cope with the volume of visitors and by making changes to reflects users’ preferences.

The tracking cookies we use are provided by Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.

__utma Randomly generated number Used to determine unique visitors to the website and updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure. 2 years from when set / updated
__utmb Randomly generated number Used to establish and continue a user session. It expires when a user pauses on a page for longer than 30 minutes.  30 minutes from when set / updated
__utmc Randomly generated number Randomly generated number No longer used by Google Analytics but still present for backwards compatibility purposes.  When browser is closed
__utmz Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached Stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach the website, whether via a direct method, a link, search or an ad campaign. 6 months from when set / updated

For more information about the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to

Technical cookies

ASP.NET_SessionId Randomly generated number Temporary technical cookie used to make the service work as you move from page to page. When browser is closed
NSC_QH-40731     When browser is closed
VisitorGuid     50 years from when set / updated
__atuvc     2 years from when set / updated