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About Us

We are a small charity that makes a big difference by funding pioneering research to fund life-saving and life-changing treatments for children with cancer.

50 years ago, three quarters of children diagnosed with cancer died. Today, more than 8 in 10 survive – thanks to research. But many childhood cancers still have a poor outlook and today’s treatments are harsh, unpleasant, and uncertain.

Over the past 30+ years, we have funded a total of 28 research projects at a cost of £2.75 million covering all kinds of childhood cancers.

All the research we fund is published in the scientific journals and many of our projects go on to attract multi millions of pounds more research funding from other funders. Together we have helped to discover kinder and more effective treatments and paved the way for real breakthroughs in saving lives.

Research projects that we kickstarted have gone on to be funded by the likes of Cancer Research UK and the Department for Health and have led to international research partnerships between the UK, Canada, and the US.

Our charity only funds early-stage children’s cancer research. This type of research is known as pump-priming. Our funding helps to get pioneering new research ideas off the ground that could go on to transform children’s cancer care and treatment in the future.

We want the money we receive from donors and supporters to go straight into research and not into running the charity. To achieve this, we keep our overheads to an absolute minimum with only one part time member of staff and donated office space. We have a dedicated and experienced Board of Trustees who govern and over see the work of the charity. They work alongside our expert Scientific Advisory Board who monitor and review the research we fund. All of them are volunteers.

With your support, we can make a difference to children with cancer.

Be the difference for children with cancer.

Together, we can give all children with cancer a brighter future. Become a Friend of Rosie and help us.

Our Partners:


Katrina London

Katrina has specialised in the field of occupational personal injury for over 35 years and has worked exclusively for the victims of asbestos related diseases for the last 20 years.  Katrina is an APIL Accredited Occupational Disease and Asbestos Disease Specialist and Senior Litigator and has Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation. 


Carla Nuttall

Carla has over 20 years’ experience specialising in strategic communications, engagement and marketing across the public and private sector, including the BBC, Manchester Metropolitan University and Muse Developments. She is currently Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing for The Growth Company, an award-winning social enterprise that enables growth, creates jobs and improves lives.