Dimbleby Cancer Care exists to offer care and support to people affected by cancer – the patients, their families and carers. (Read more about the charity’s history). If you go to our Videos section you can hear David Dimbleby explain how and why Dimbleby Cancer Care (formerly the Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund) was founded as a result of the public’s generosity following the death of his father, Richard Dimbleby.
What we do
The funds we raise through donations and legacies go into supporting the Dimbleby Cancer Care and Information and Support Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and into national research projects through the Dimbleby Cancer Care Research Fund. The research we fund looks at the spectrum of issues relating to the care and support needs of people affected by cancer. We have also recently reached the end of a two-year research partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care to create a further body of research which focuses on care at the end of life. We are jointly funding several major projects looking at the use of volunteers in end-of-life care; and looking at ways in which untrained carers – usually family members – can be supported and helped when looking after someone at home who is nearing the end of their life.
Many years ago the charity endowed Richard Dimbleby Professorship of Cancer Research at King’s College London. The current post holder is Professor Tony Ng. He and his team in the Dimbleby Laboratory are in the forefront of ‘personalised medicine’ – ie. through tissue imaging techniques they aim to discover the most fitting treatment for individual patients’ cancers – with increasing success.
Can you help?
As is the case with most charities in the current economic climate, charitable funds are increasingly difficult to come by. If you would like to contribute to the work we do, please consider a one off donation, a regular contribution, remembering us in your will, or perhaps even organising a fundraising event or running a marathon for us.