Pr gress The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Newsletter ISSUE 21
Miles of smiles Walkers turn out in their thousands for The Marsden March 2012
A welcome from our Chairman he Royal Marsden Cancer Charity enjoyed an outstanding year in 2011 with the opening of the Oak Centre for Children and Young People (OCCYP), the installation of our first CyberKnife machine, and the inaugural Marsden March. In 2012, the charity, with its devoted supporters and donors, will be more important than ever. In the current climate, our reliance on charitable giving is going to increase if we are to deliver our plans for a new imaging floor at Chelsea and a Translational Genetics Laboratory at Sutton. As the country’s leading cancer treatment and research centre, we have a great opportunity to position ourselves as the national institution that we are. Over the past three years, cancer charities in the UK have received, on average, £1 billion a year in giving. Our share of that is £20 million, or two per cent. This strikes me as too low for the country’s leading cancer centre. We owe it to ourselves, our supporters and our patients to increase our share of this support from the UK public. We are currently recruiting for a Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. This individual will help us move towards our goal, heading up the charity within the hospital while representing us to donors across the UK and the world. This work will include increasing support from people who wish to donate to the hospital’s ongoing work, such as our cutting-edge research and groundbreaking treatment, and changing perceptions of us as a local charity to one that has national relevance. We have wonderful donors who help us raise money for specific projects, such as the Critical Care Unit, the OCCYP and the new Centre for Molecular Pathology. We also want to provide more opportunities to give for those wishing to support our hospital and our work in general. I am confident that with the work of the charity, the incredible support of our existing donors, and new supporters coming on board this year, the charity will continue to grow and support the work of The Royal Marsden.
Translational Genetics Laboratory news The Royal Marsden, in partnership with our academic research partner The Institute of Cancer Research, is committed to the development of personalised medicine, which creates treatment plans tailored to individual needs. Groundbreaking work is taking place on two levels. The first, led by Dr David Gonzalez de Castro at the Centre for Molecular Pathology, is to identify the molecular make-up of tumours and the most effective possible treatment. The other, a new Translational Genetics Laboratory, will investigate how an individual’s genetic make-up affects why they develop cancer and what treatment will be most appropriate, as well as the potential preventive treatments for genetically linked cancer. This new project is being led by Professor Nazneen Rahman. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is committed to raising £1.16 million to fund this pioneering research at the Translational Genetics Laboratory. Initially, the work will focus on patients being treated at The Royal Marsden, but once the laboratory is established, it will support genetic tests for cancer patients around the UK, uniquely providing test results and clinical recommendations for how the results should be interpreted. For more information about this vital work, please visit www.royalmarsden.org/genetics Professor Nazneen Rahman, Professor of Genetics at The Royal Marsden and The ICR
Thank you for supporting The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
R. Ian Molson Chairman, The Royal Marsden 2 The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
CyberKnife in action (below); Consultant Surgeon Mr Chris Ogden with the da Vinci S robot (right)
Horizon: our work in the spotlight BBC documentary shows pioneering treatments and technology leading the way in cancer care ast year, the BBC science series Horizon filmed a documentary at The Royal Marsden with our academic partner The Institute of Cancer Research. The programme, broadcast in April on BBC2, focused on three key areas of groundbreaking treatment: breakthroughs in drug treatments, including new, life-extending drugs for advanced melanoma patients; the CyberKnife state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment; and the pioneering da Vinci S robot for prostate cancer surgery. Both CyberKnife and da Vinci S were funded by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Two international clinical trials are now under way at The Royal Marsden to compare the benefits of CyberKnife with conventional radiotherapy treatment of prostate cancer. Both trials aim to show the advantages of CyberKnife
so that access to this technology will become more widely available on the NHS. Thanks to funding by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, The Royal Marsden was the first NHS hospital to introduce the da Vinci S surgical system in 2007. The da Vinci S has revolutionised treatment for prostate cancer patients; compared to normal surgery, it offers greater precision and speed, shorter recovery times and hugely improved outcomes for patients.
Following The Royal Marsdenâ€™s pioneering work, 20 NHS Trusts across the UK are today using the da Vinci S
Mr Chris Ogden, Consultant Surgeon at The Royal Marsden, recently performed his 1,000th da Vinci S procedure. He was presented with the Intuitive Surgical UK Innovation Award after reaching this major milestone. He is the first surgeon in the UK and only the fourth in Europe to have achieved this. The impressive results of the da Vinci S have allowed us to extend its use beyond treating just prostate cancer patients into new areas such as gynaecological and liver cancers. Following the pioneering work of The Royal Marsden, 20 NHS Trusts across the UK are today using the da Vinci S. For more insight into these groundbreaking treatments or to support our ongoing work, visit www.royalmarsden.nhs. uk/cancer www.royalmarsden.org 3
We are marching for The Royal Marsden as a team in celebration of life and hope, and to say thank you claire vines
Katie always felt in the safest hands while at The Royal Marsden Elise compson and the compson crew
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MARSDEN MARCH 2012
Walking together to take on cancer To give something back to the place that helped us is a privilege; to march in memory of our girl is an honour AMANDA WALKER AND ABBIE’S ARMY
When we passed through the arch at the end, it was wonderful with so many people cheering us on ANNE BACKERS
The Marsden March 2012 was an overwhelming success, with thousands of supporters making the 14-mile journey between our Chelsea and Sutton hospitals to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity On Sunday 11 March, The Marsden March saw nearly 4,000 supporters, patients, staff and celebrities walk between The Royal Marsden’s sites in Chelsea and Sutton to take on cancer. Walkers came from as far afield as Shanghai and the Netherlands, and from around the UK, including Derby, Liverpool, Cambridge and Plymouth. This year, 3,000 people joined us for the full 14-mile walk, while 700 completed a shorter walk of the final five miles. Our youngest walker on the five-mile walk was aged just four months, and our eldest was 85. Many walkers shared their stories with us. Isaac Shomade completed the 14-mile route with his family: “The Royal Marsden has become like a second home with my wife, my mother and now my father-inlaw all being treated at the hospital. What an incredible place!” We welcomed back three of the celebrity supporters from 2011 to walk the 14-mile route. Actors Nathaniel Parker of Inspector Lynley and Merlin and Larry Lamb from Gavin & Stacey and EastEnders, plus singer Richard Fairbrass from the band Right Said Fred, walked the full route. Britnominated classical singer Camilla Kerslake walked the five-mile route and entertained walkers at the afterparty. Staff from The Royal Marsden were walking in force again this year, including Professor Martin Gore, Medical Director; Gary Burkill, Head of Facilities; David Probert, Chief
Operating Officer, and 36 colleagues at Sutton and Merton Community Services. Chief Executive Cally Palmer also took part in the 14-mile route with her family, while newsreader Nicholas Owen started the five-mile route. A huge thank you to all the entertainers, The Royal Marsden catering team, and the walkers and volunteers who helped to make the event possible. A special thank you to staff member Chris Salmen, who was a volunteer photographer at the finishing line and provided many of the photos posted on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/royalmarsden. We are aiming to raise £1 million and, while we are doing well, we still have a long way to go, so please send in your sponsorship money. Congratulations to everybody who took part in The Marsden March.
BE INSPIRED TO JOIN IN Visit www.royalmarsden.org/ march to watch a film, see photos and read walker stories from this year’s Marsden March. Next year’s event will take place on Sunday 17 March 2013. To register your interest, visit the above website and complete the 2013 form. We’ll email you a few weeks before registration opens to the public to maximise your chances of securing a place.
Sponsor a special day Our ‘Sponsor a day’ calendars have a fresh new look. They’re vibrant and colourful, but retain their personal touch as supporters’ names are handwritten on their special day for people to see all year round. It’s a great way to mark a day that is special to you and your family, such as an anniversary, a birthday, a milestone in treatment or a day to celebrate the life of a loved one. Your chosen name will be displayed on our calendar in reception at either Chelsea or Sutton, as well as on our website on your chosen day. You can find ‘Sponsor a day’ leaflets around the hospital, or visit www.royalmarsden.org/day
Help us to take on cancer
How the sterling efforts of businesses are supporting The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity promote the event and recruit new walkers by organising stands on the concourses of East Croydon and London Victoria stations.
The Marsden March stand at Victoria station
Southern Railway has made us its charity of the year and has raised more than £4,000 to date. The company supported The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by entering a team at The Marsden March. Southern staff also helped us
Barton Willmore has raised £25,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. To mark the planning and design consultancy’s 75th anniversary, more than 80 members of staff, friends and clients took part in The Barton Wheelmore, a ten-day cycle relay between the company’s ten UK offices. Sainsbury’s Cobham has chosen The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as its charity of the year. The retailer has so far raised more than £6,400 through a variety of staff fundraising initiatives. It also donated £200 of
Christmas gifts – including books, games, DVDs and chocolates – to the charity. “It’s been so much fun,” says Martha Brooks, Charity Co-ordinator at Sainsbury’s Cobham. “I’ve never worked with a charity that is so keen to get involved. Thank you for making my job a real pleasure.”
Supporting stars from Sainsbury’s Cobham
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Community spirit Our thanks to all the schools and community groups for their support Incredible cakes In February, ten-yearold Beth Lightbody and her friend Paris Blair from Banstead Junior School in Surrey held a cake sale in memory of Beth’s mother, Janette, who was treated at The Royal Marsden. Beth also sent a moving letter to thank the staff of Smithers and Chevallier wards for their care and support. Fountain to Fountain In October, Terry Ingle, Mike Shelley and Mary Nudds walked the 30km (18.6 miles) between the fountains of Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth Garden City, raising more than £1,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Your chance to get involved Could your company get involved in fundraising for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity? You could choose us as your charity of the year or sponsor events such as The Marsden March – it’s a great chance to promote your company too.
Make a difference
To ﬁnd out about the many ways your company can get involved, visit www.royalmarsden. org/corporate, email email@example.com or call 020 8770 0279
On the March Seaton House School in Sutton organised its own sponsored Mini Marsden March, with 132 pupils walking from the school to The Royal Marsden’s Sutton site. The school has more than doubled its orginal target of £4,000 and has raised a fabulous £11,000. Join in our summer events A few places are left for our Parachute Day on Sunday 22 September and the London to Brighton Cycle Ride on Sunday 16 September. To book your place, call our fundraising team on 020 8770 0279 or visit www. royalmarsden.org/challenges
Fundraising party Supporters from the Rotaract Club of Littlehampton, Insight, raised £1,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity with a Presidents’ Night party in historic Arundel. Marathon achievement Well done to all our Virgin London Marathon runners for your heroic efforts on Sunday 22 April.
Seaton House pupils on their Mini Marsden March
SPECIAL OCCASION GIVING The Queen is Patron of The Royal Marsden, and if you’re planning a Diamond Jubilee party, why not ask friends and family to make a donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through special occasion giving? To register your event, download a free poster and request special occasion giving cards to give to your guests, call our fundraising team on 020 7808 2233 or visit www.royalmarsden.org/special