Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information

We have made the difficult decision to close The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity offices in both the Chelsea and Sutton hospitals due to COVID-19. Our charity team will be working remotely and can be contacted via email - [email protected]. Post sent to the office will be checked once a week.

Group of four women on the Banham Marsden March

The Banham Marsden March

UPDATE: It is with great regret that we have made the decision to postpone The Banham Marsden March, due to take place on Sunday 3 May, because of the coronavirus pandemic. As soon as we have more information, we will let you know, so please check back for updates.

The Banham Marsden March postponed 

It is with great regret that we have made the decision to postpone The Banham Marsden March, due to take place on Sunday 3 May, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The health and safety of our walkers, supporters and volunteers, many of whom are cancer patients, young children and grandparents, is our absolute priority. While the government is yet to officially ban mass gatherings, the majority of sporting and cultural events are being cancelled to protect the public, and as an NHS hospital charity we have an additional responsibility to do everything we can to keep people safe.

We are extremely disappointed and would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to get us to this point including volunteers, staff and of course our walkers who have raised vital funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

I know that you will have lots of questions about when we will reschedule our 10th anniversary event. Please bear with us as we are now working hard and consulting with the five local authorities and over 100 suppliers involved in putting on the event to find an alternative date.  

As soon as we have more information, we will let you know, so please check back for updates.

Thank you again for your understanding and incredible support at this difficult time. 

Group shot of walkers on The Banham Marsden March

About The Banham Marsden March

Thousands of people join us every year to walk between our two Royal Marsden sites in Chelsea and Sutton. You’ll find patients, families, supporters of the hospital and Royal Marsden staff all taking part and fundraising.

The choice is yours, sign up to the 15 mile walk or join us for the final leg by taking part in the 5 mile distance.

This year, you’ll be able to select what time you’d like to start, so sign up soon to make sure you and your team get the time that suits you.

Taking part 

When you join us, you’ll get a special tenth anniversary t-shirt, a medal, and plenty of other surprises on the day. When you cross the finish line in Sutton, there’s a big party for all our walkers and spectators.  Listen to bands, unwind in a deckchair, enjoy the BBQ, or simply soak up the amazing atmosphere as we celebrate our tenth anniversary. You’ve earned it!

The Oak Cancer Centre

We started The Banham Marsden March in 2011 and since then you’ve raised more than £13 million. This incredible amount has helped The Royal Marsden to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer, across the UK and around the world.

But we don’t want to stop there. We want you to help us celebrate our first decade in style: with more walkers than ever before, and by raising £2 million for a very special cause - to help build the Oak Cancer Centre.

This brand-new centre in Sutton will help us speed up the development of life-saving treatments and ensure we can be there for everyone who needs us.

Find out more about the Oak Cancer Centre

We march just to say thank you – and because we want everybody, no matter where they live, to have the same treatment and support which we had.

Laura - former patient, walks The Banham Marsden March every year
Charles Hallatt cutting the ribbon at The Banham Marsden March

Our sponsor

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is proud to be working with Banham as title sponsor for The Banham Marsden March.

2020 will be Banham’s sixth year of working with us and their support has been vital in helping us make The Banham Marsden March such a great success to date.

Charles Hallatt, Executive Chairman, Banham said:

Banham has proudly supported the March since 2015 with more than 360 members of our staff taking part to date, raising over £130,000. We look forward to the event’s special 10th Anniversary celebrations in 2020.