Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. Almost 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. Our aims are to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer.
Our small team is united by a common goal – to save and improve young lives. Browse the pages below to find out more about the Children with Cancer team.
Thank you for your interest in job opportunities with Children with Cancer UK. We are united by a common goal – to save and improve young lives.
We are dedicated to keeping administrative and staffing costs low, which means we can devote more of the funds we raise towards vital research and welfare projects.
Although we are a small team, we do have occasional employment and volunteering opportunities at our office on Great Ormond Street.
Since 1987, Children with Cancer UK has raised over £220 million to support research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancers, and to provide better facilities for caring for children and their families. The founders, the O’Gorman family, whose son Paul’s life was cut short by childhood leukaemia, remain at the helm of what is now a team of over 35 people with offices opposite Great Ormond Street Hospital.
From vitally important clinical trials and research to family accommodation, our small and dedicated team has funded over 200 projects, as well as supporting a Scientific Advisory Panel who provide invaluable scientific and medical advice and input.
We began life in 1987, as a foundation set up by the O’Gorman family in memory of their son and brother Paul O’Gorman. In the early days, the aim was to raise £100,000 for research and support. But within four years, over £1 million had been raised, taking us halfway towards our first major goal – a £2 million research centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
At 10 years old, we also passed the £10 million pound mark – £10.5 million in fact, thanks to our fundraisers’ efforts and commitment. That meant being able to open our very first research centre in 1995, and providing millions of pounds in funding to hospitals in Bristol, London and Manchester.
The first Paul O’Gorman patient hotel opened in 2004, helping to make life easier for families coping with the often long stays in hospital needed by children with cancer. Meanwhile, we funded new facilities in Bristol, and committed millions to research into new treatments for childhood leukaemia.
When Paul O’Gorman asked his family to help children with cancer, we wonder whether he ever imagined how many people would know his name. By 2008, our supporters had helped us to raise over £100 million, and in 2009, two new research centres opened – one in London, the other in Glasgow – both named after Paul.
We’ve evolved from a small memorial charity to a major force in the fight against childhood cancer, and become Children with Cancer UK, the charity you know today. Our supporters have enabled us to fund major research programmes and trials, give children with cancer and their families a boost with VIP days out, and to open Paul’s House London, a ‘Home from Home’ for families from all over the South East of England with children being treated at UCLH.
Two new ‘Homes from Home’ have opened since 2013. We contributed £375,000 to Paul’s House in Belfast which opened in February 2013, and £600,000 to Marion’s House in Glasgow, which opened in February 2016 – both provide accommodation for children and families who would otherwise have to travel hundreds of miles every week for vital treatment. And we’re giving even more support to research into new treatments, as well as funding the next generation of cancer researchers.
Dylan was diagnosed with brain and spinal tumours when he was two years old. His mum, Jessica, tells us her story in the six short podcasts below.
Every year, around 400 families receive the news that their child has cancer of the spine or a brain tumour. Each family’s journey is different.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their MPs and asked them to attend the April 2016 debate on funding for brain tumour research.
MPs debated the Petitions Committee report calling for an increase in national research spending on better diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.
Every day at least 10 children and young people get the news they have cancer.
Each September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month helps highlight the impact of cancer on young people and their family. This, in turn, helps us to protect more children, improve the lives of young cancer patients and bring hope to them and their families through our groundbreaking research.
This year we have a number of exciting ways for you to take part in the campaign including our Golden Moments campaign, our social media frames, our new podcasts and some special Childhood Cancer Awareness Month products you can buy. We’ll also be hosting our International Science Conference that focuses on Precision Medicine.
Since 2004, Children with Cancer UK have been involved in a campaign to raise awareness of the potential role of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure in the causation of childhood leukaemia.
Our first task as a new charity back in 1988 was to raise £2 million to establish a new leukaemia research centre at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The Paul O’Gorman Childhood Leukaemia Research Centre at Great Ormond Street opened in 1995. The team there is now at the forefront of worldwide research into childhood leukaemia.
Since then, we have helped to develop further centres of excellence around the UK – including centres in Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.
We campaign to raise awareness of childhood leukaemia and other childhood cancers.
We are dedicated to raising awareness and protecting children from the possible causes of leukaemia and other cancers, and to improve the lives of young cancer patients and their families, today and for future generations.
With your support, Children with Cancer UK is able to invest in specialist brain tumour research which would otherwise go unfunded,
keeping more families together.
February 4 is World Cancer Day, when the world comes together to raise awareness and take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals and families.
At Children with Cancer UK, we actively raise and invest money for vital specialist research to save the lives of every child with cancer and keep their families together. On World Cancer Day, this is no different: our focus is to liberate visionary researchers and accelerate breakthroughs.
We know how important it is to bring together leading researchers from around the world. Through our Childhood and TYA Cancer Conferences we explore the latest state-of-the-art science being (and to be) used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children and young people.
In February 1987, leukaemia claimed the life of 14-year-old Paul O’Gorman. Within weeks of his death, Eddie and Marion started fundraising.
Just nine months later, another devastating blow struck the family when Paul’s sister, Jean, was also killed by cancer.
In November 1987, just days after Jean’s death, their parents, Eddie and Marion O’Gorman, met Diana, Princess of Wales. Deeply moved by the double tragedy, she personally helped to establish this charity.
It was thanks to Princess Diana that Children with Cancer (formerly Children with Leukaemia) came to be. She personally helped the O’Gorman family to found the charity and inaugurated it on 12 January 1988. Until Princess Diana’s death in 1997, she remained in touch with our work; we will always remember her with fondness, gratitude and pride for the achievements that she made possible.