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House of Fraser to raise £1 million for The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign

Howard Lake | 30 October 2008 | News

House of Fraser, leading retailer of designer brands, has pledged to raise £1 million to build a new Children’s and Teenage Cancer Centre at The Royal Marsden.
The premium department store group has become part of ‘Our Plan’ to help more children with cancer become children without cancer by teaming up with The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign.
The charity supports the work of The Royal Marsden Hospital and in this exciting new partnership The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign and House of Fraser will help fund the hospital’s new state-of-the-art Children’s and Teenage Cancer Centre.
It will become Europe’s leading cancer centre for children and teenagers. To make it happen £15 million needs to be raised by 2010 and House of Fraser will play a vital role in the fundraising appeal.
Rebecca Butler, Director of Fundraising, said: “I am absolutely delighted that House of Fraser is supporting our Children’s and Teenage Cancer Centre appeal. This is an incredibly exciting partnership for us and I am thrilled that they have pledged to raise a staggering £1 million.
“Our young patients deserve to receive the very best care in the best facilities and environment – with House of Fraser’s help they will.”
Of all chronic diseases in children, cancer is the biggest killer, and The Royal Marsden is determined to make the lives of our young patients as comfortable as possible and to pioneer drug developments and new treatments.
The new Children’s and Teenage Cancer Centre will house the latest state-of-the-art technology and amazing new facilities.
This incredible partnership is being announced on the day House of Fraser opens its latest store in the prestigious new Westfield London shopping complex.
House of Fraser is backing the appeal from December, with a store wide promotion to all customers. Staff from across the business will also be encouraged to get involved.
Key points:
* The appeal will establish Europe’s leading cancer centre for children and teenagers and to be a world-leader in paediatric drug development.
* Childhood cancer affects one in 650 young people. The new Children’s and Teenage Cancer Centre will be larger, better equipped, and built around the needs of patients and their families and will pioneer new treatments to help more children with cancer.
* The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign needs to raise £15 million by 2010 to make this happen.
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Notes to Editors
The Royal Marsden Hospital was the first hospital in the world dedicated to cancer treatment and research into the causes of cancer. Today the hospital with its academic partner, The Institute of Cancer Research, forms the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe with over 40,000 patients from the UK and abroad seen each year. A world leader in research, drug trialing and diagnostics, The Royal Marsden provides inpatient, day care and outpatient services for all areas of cancer treatment. The Royal Marsden scored double excellent in its quality of services and use of resources in the 2007/08 Healthcare Commission’s Annual Health Check – the only Trust to do so nationally for three consecutive years.
For further information please contact Naomi Owen on 020 7808 2107 or email Na********@rm*.uk or Miranda Pitt on 020 7492 0621 or email Mi*****@Bo*******.uk
www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk
House of Fraser is a department store group with 62 enviable locations across the UK and Ireland. As one of the best known names on the high street, House of Fraser has presented customers with an unrivalled nationwide department store for more than 150 years. The company was acquired by the Highland consortium in November 2006 marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in its history. Renowned for its designer brands and exclusive collections, House of Fraser offers luxurious items at affordable prices. From beauty essentials to home accessories, the premium department store strives to offer its customers an enjoyable and pleasant shopping experience. The group has annual sales in excess of £1.25bn and employs 6,500 House of Fraser staff and 10,000 concession staff through 5 million square feet of selling space. Customers can shop at House of Fraser from
http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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