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Our impact and success

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 34 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.

30 YEARS FIGHTING CHILDHOOD CANCER

  • 1986
    Paul's legacy

    We began with a promise

    In November 1986, 14-year old Paul O’Gorman was diagnosed with leukaemia. His parents Eddie and Marion, brothers Cliff and Mark, and sisters Sandra and Jean were shocked by the news, but his chances of survival were considered excellent as a bone marrow donor had been found.

    In hospital, Paul noticed the difficulties children faced battling leukaemia, and asked his parents to help other children. This was the start of Paul’s incredible legacy for children with cancer.

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    People around Princess Diana
  • 1991

    Our first research centre opens

    In 1995, our first major goal was realised – the opening of the first Paul O’Gorman Centre, a new childhood research centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Now part of University College London, the Institute of Child Health is the leading British academic research centre for child health, bringing together lab-based research and clinical care of children.

    And by 1998, 10 years after the charity began, we had raised over £10.5 million.

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    People in front of Paul O'Gorman Research Centre
  • 2001

    Research centre, patient hotel and our first international research conference

    In 2001 the Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol, to which we’d donated £500,000, opened, followed in 2004 by the Paul O’Gorman Patient Hotel at Great Ormond Street.

    In the same year, thanks to the amazing continued generosity of all our fundraisers and supporters, we hosted our first international research conference and were able to invest over £10 million to fund more research than ever before.

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    People standing in front of a banner
  • 2006

    Funding life-saving research

    Research published in 2006 showed that the number of children diagnosed with leukaemia increased by 50% in 30 years up to the 1990s. Ever more research into causes and possible treatments was needed, and thanks to our generous fundraisers, by the end of 2010 we had supported several major projects including a major UK-wide trial which changed how the NHS treated children with leukaemia.

    All this was made possible by the continued support of our fundraisers, from children and families to celebrities and major corporate partnerships.

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    a man and a woman in a laboratory
  • 2010

    A new Paul's House and becoming Children with Cancer UK

    In 2010, our Chairman and founder Eddie O’Gorman received an OBE, and the Marion Rose Ball raised over £420,000 in memory of Eddie’s wife and our co-founder, who had passed away in 2009. We awarded a major research grant for leukaemia research, and Paul’s House at UCL opened its doors to children and their families from the south east.

    In 2011, we changed our name to Children with Cancer UK, becoming the first UK charity dedicated to fighting all forms of childhood cancer and helping children through research and welfare funding.

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    Paul's house lounge
  • 2013

    Over £220m raised!

    By the end of 2017, thanks to the dedication and commitment of our supporters, we’d raised over £220 million in our fight against childhood cancer, and were funding 55 active research grants and projects – totalling more than £14 million – and had awarded a total of five Paul O’Gorman Research Fellowships to talented young scientists representing a new generation of cancer research.

    Our expanded research focus now includes a major brain tumour initiative, launched in 2014 to boost childhood brain tumour research.

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    Eddie O'Gorman and children pose the picture

Where your money goes

How your donations help children with cancer

We are pleased to report our income for the past financial year was £16.5 million. We receive no government funding and rely exclusively on the voluntary generosity of our supporters. Thank you for your support.


For every £1 we spend on fundraising, we raise over £5 more.

For every £1 donated, we spend 82p on fighting childhood cancer.

  • 47p on research projects
  • 14p on welfare projects
  • 21p on raising awareness
  • We invest 18p in £1 to raise more money

Annual Reviews

Our last financial year

2016

2016 was another successful year for Children with Cancer UK. Thanks to all your support, we raised £16.5 million and we invested over £5.3 million in life-saving research and essential welfare programmes.  Take a look at our online annual review 2016

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Annual Review 2016

Thank you for all your fantastic support in helping save children's lives.

Children with Cancer UK 2016 annual review
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Trustees Report and Financial Statements 2016

Thank you again for your wonderful support - together we can give children with cancer a brighter future.

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Mother and son

Thank you to all our supporters for helping to funding life-saving research and essential welfare programmes in 2015.

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Esme during Treatment Dec 2012

Thank you for helping save young lives in 2014.

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Luke at home

Thanks for all your support in 2013.

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Kalem with his family

Thank you for your incredible fundraising throughout 2012.

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Andy Jackson as Mr Bump

Thank you for helping save young lives in 2011.

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Louis and grace

Thank you for helping save young lives in 2010.

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little boy

Thank you for helping make a big difference to children in 2009.

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Boy smiling

Thank you for helping to save young lives in 2008.

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little girl

Thank you for your incredible support in 2007.

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Bethan with her family

Thank you for making such a big difference in 2006.

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Paul O'Gorman building Bristol Hospital

Thank you for all your support in 2005.

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Our life-saving research

Over the past 29 years we have invested millions of pounds into childhood cancer research and welfare programmes. Fifty years ago, only 3 out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer survived. Today, three quarters of children and young people diagnosed with cancer are now cured, thanks to research we have helped fund. Despite this progress, cancer is still the most common medical cause of death in children and young people, claiming more than 500 young lives each year.

We currently fund over 50 life-saving research projects across the UK. This includes a £1.5m Precision Medicine project. We believe the significance of precision medicine for childhood cancer represents a step change in the way we care for children.

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