Charity information

Cobalt

Cobalt is a medical charity that supports people with cancer, dementia and other conditions.

We provide the very best diagnostic imaging services from our centre in Cheltenham and through our fleet of mobile MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners.

We fund and participate in ground breaking cancer and dementia research, leading to a greater understanding of these diseases and ultimately trying to prevent and treat patients in a way that maximises their quality of life.

Founded 1964

  • Mission statement

    As a leading medical charity, Cobalt helps over 50,000 people affected by cancer and other life-limiting and debilitating conditions every year.

    Cobalt was established in 1964 by Doctor Fred Hanna (OBE) to raise money to purchase specialist equipment and establish what is now the Cheltenham Oncology Centre. Supported by community fundraising, the charity and its vision have grown and today Cobalt supports the needs of patients locally and nationally through our specialist Imaging Centre and our fleet of mobile MRI scanners. The charity is managed by Peter Sharpe, (former President of British Institute of Radiography) and governed by an experienced Board of Trustees. At a community level, we support the NHS with 850 MRI scans for local oncology patients, allowing patients to get access to state-of-the-art diagnostics without delay.

    Under the direction of Professor Lyburn, our research contributes to a greater understanding of diseases from diagnosis to treatment.

    Cobalt also provides subsidised training to the healthcare profession and educational sessions on healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention to the general public, as part of our charitable objective.

    We believe everyone should have access to the best medical imaging for their diagnosis. We are a charity that invests in equipment, research and education to make this happen.

  • Aims

    Cobalt aims to:

    • Innovation in Diagnostics: Providing patients with state of the art equipment, including the world’s first 3.0 Tesla mobile scanner and open PET/CT. We also have a fleet of mobile MRI scanners.
    • Pioneering Research: Undertaking research in the fields of cancer, dementia and orthopaedics and improving treatment with outcomes widely published in leading medical journals.
    • Training and Education: Providing subsidised and free training to healthcare professionals in areas of PET/CT, MRI and research findings. We also provide free community cancer prevention talks.
    • Clinical Services: Providing pioneering services like specialist support for teenagers diagnosed with cancer. Since 2011 Cobalt has supported the role of a Teenage and Young Adults (TYA) Cancer Nurse.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1964

    Registered Charity Number: 1090790

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 60

    Part time staff: 15

    Volunteers: 400

    Phone number: 01242 535922

    Address: Linton House, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, Glos GL53 7AS

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