Project information

Equipment and Amenities for the Royal Marsden Hosp

To benefit the health, welfare and comfort of the patients of the Royal Marsden Hospital by raising funds to provide facilities,equipment and minor refurbishments. For example, recent purchases include a Vacuum Assisted Biopsy system which provides a safer, more convenient, less invasive procedure.

January 2011 - December 2016

Charity information: Friends of the Royal Marsden, Chelsea

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  • Need


    The charity is raising funds to buy items that fall into a gap where the hospital cannot buy everything but is able to identify equipment and amenities that benefit patients and which this charity tries to afford. as such there is no one item that the charity is trying to buy but a continuous list of items that staff identify are needed to improve the quality of life for the patients.


    Our purchases benefit the patients much sooner than would be case if we didn't exist, eg recently we bought a Motomed Pedal that exercises the muscles of long stay patients for the Critical Care Unit; and a Digital Microscope System that enables the Haematology Department to analyse blood and body fluids in a safer, faster, more efficient and comfortable way, so freeing time for the staff to concentrate on the more difficult cases. These would not have been bought were it not for the Friends.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to raise funds to achieve the above objects.


    » we will use donations, legacies, fundraising and deploy profits from a shop and a coffee bar, and from the sale of books and hobbies.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...knowing that patients are better catered for as a result of our purchases

  • Impact


    The Royal Marsden Hospital and its staff are better equipped to offer a higher standard of care to its patients


    Our volunteers contribute some 10,000 hours a year of their own time running the shop, coffee bar, trolley service, flower arranging, garden maintenance and a meet and greet service as well as supporting and marketing all the various fundraising activities. the Trustees take care to ensure that they attract as many people as possible to become Friends and provide the support and donations that make the objects of the charity possible.


    All donations are gratefully acknowledged. If the donors become Friends, which we would hope they would do - there is a flexible subscription - they would receive a copy of our annual report and financial statements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,764

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,026 Various items includes buying 2 Doppler hand held scanners and probes
      £16,800 Vein Viewer Buy 2 Vein Viewers - enable staff to see where to insert a needle for least discomfort to patient
      £21,000 Music Therapy Pay for a music therapy service to certain patients
      £4,000 Chairs Buy 24 Teal Excel Armchairs for Outpatiens Dept
      £6,939 Fruit cocktails Pay £133.44 per week for patients to have fruit cocktails for one year
  • Background


    Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea


    All patients of the Royal Marsden Hospital. These can come from all over the UK and some also come from abroad to benefit from the Marsden's cancer expertise.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity who operate at the Chelsa branch of the Royal Marsden Hospital that provide the service outlined above.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Wendy Crabb

    Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Marsen, Chelsea and Trustee

    Sally Robotham

    Vice Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Marsen, Chelsea and Trustee

    Jackie Gulbenkian

    Vice Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Marsen, Chelsea and Trustee

    Tom Grant

    Hon Treasurer and Trustee