Friends of Rosie is a volunteer-led charity that provides funding for children’s cancer research to get new ideas off the ground. Without our help many research projects would never get underway, meaning critical breakthroughs in childhood cancer research being left undiscovered.
When five year old Rosie Larkin lost her battle with cancer in 1991, her friends and family were determined to carry on the fight. They set up the Friends of Rosie Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
So far, we have funded a total of 25 research projects at a cost of £2.5 million. They cover a wide variety of childhood cancers from neuroblastoma and leukaemia, to osteosarcoma and brain tumours. The research ideas we fund are right at the outset of medical thinking and innovation. We give these ideas the chance to make a difference.
Many childhood cancers still have a poor outlook and today’s treatments are harsh, unpleasant and uncertain, especially on young bodies that are still growing.
Support us today and be the difference for children with cancer tomorrow.
We want to ensure that every penny donated to us is spent in the most effective way to benefit childhood cancer research. And we do that by:
- Being volunteer-led, meaning no costly CEO salaries absorbing part of your donation. All our amazing Trustees are volunteers and support Friends of Rosie because they truly believe that research is the key to curing childhood cancer.
- Keeping our overheads to an absolute minimum with only one part time member of staff and donated office space. Because of this we can guarantee that almost every penny donated will go directly on funding research.
- Operating a unique and independent project review process, involving national and international oncology experts. They provide us with impartial recommendations of the projects they deem as potentially game changing for childhood cancer. And they are all volunteers too.
Treatment for children with cancer is very intensive, at a time when their young bodies are still growing. That’s why we are 100% committed to funding new and innovative research focused on improving the treatment, diagnosis and prognosis of childhood cancer.
Children’s cancer research receives less funding than any other type of cancer. That’s why we focus on kick-starting new ideas to change the outlook for children with cancer.
We support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments. This research only takes place where there is no alternative available. Friends of Rosie supports the Association of Medical Research Charities’ position on the use of animals in research as outlined in this statement.
Apply for Funding
We have been advised by our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to fund a second year of research for both our current projects:
Any further call for funding applications during 2018 will be announced later in 2018. The register your interest, please fill in the form below.
Download Funding Application Pack
Our grant application process is now open. Complete the details below to download the grant application pack. The deadline for submissions is 15th March 2019.
Be the difference for children with cancer
For over 25 years, we’ve funded exciting and promising new children’s cancer research ideas thanks to our unique and independent project review process, involving national and international oncology experts. Together, we can give all children with cancer a brighter future. Become a Friend of Rosie and help us.
There are loads of ways you can get involved and join the fight for children with cancer.
Whatever you’re in to – be it running, cycling, canoeing, climbing – you could do it for Friends of Rosie.Learn More
Charity of the Year
We offer a variety of flexible options from which you can pick and choose for corporate fundraisingLearn More
Host Your Own Event
Whether you want to hold a quiz, a bake sale, a concert or your own festival, we have the tools to help you!Learn More
Pro Bono Support
Offering your professional skills, expertise and time makes a huge difference to our success and helps us to grow.Learn More
Download Our Fundraising Pack
Together, we can give all children with cancer a brighter future. Become a Friend of Rosie and help us. Fill in your details below to download a fundraising pack to help with your event.
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Meet The Team
Katie Cutler, Parent Trustee
Helen Griffin, Communications Manager
Jennifer Atherton BA
Felicity Goodey CBE DL
Jill Hulme BA MCIPR FRSA
Anne Irwin LL.B
Joe Swift FCA, FCCA, ATII, TEP, Dip PFS
- Carol Arditti
- Lord Bradley of Withington
- Sir Graham Brady MP
- Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
- Robert E Hough DL LL.B DBA
- Jennie Johnson MBE
- Lord Lee of Trafford DL FCA
- Carl Michaelson
- John J Rowe QC
- Warren J Smith JP HM Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
- Sir Norman K Stoller OBE CStJ DL
- Sally Whittaker
If you have a question, some feedback or just want to make a donation, then please use the contact form below - we'd really love to hear from you!
Trustee and Secretary
0161 834 7333
If you are caring for a child with cancer, you can get information and advice from Macmillan Cancer Support by visiting their website or calling them on
0808 808 0000