Earlier this year we spent a week filming on Ward 14 (Children’s Oncology Outpatients) in the Great North Children’s Hospital to produce a fundraising video for the Future Fund, a collaborative project between Newcastle University, Great North Children’s Hospital and North East Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR). The Future Fund is in the process of raising £5.5 million pounds to build a world leading childhood cancer research facility here in the North East, in order to further accelerate the fantastic research already taking place in the region.

During the week we spent filming in February all four of us here at Roots and Wings felt privileged to witness first-hand the courage of all the young people battling against this terrible disease, as well as the warmth of all the ward staff, and it was a truly humbling and amazing experience.

We’re pleased to announce that this morning we attended the launch of the fundraising video, along with the young people who starred in it and their proud families. It was a red carpet event and there were local press interviewing all the little superstars. In a packed MediCinema there were short speeches from influential locals including NECCR Chairman Chris Peacock and Newcastle Uni Clinical Geneticist Sir John Burn, both of whom further highlighted how far we’ve already come in terms of treatment in the last few decades, as well as their hopes for the future.

So far the Future Fund has already raised £4.5 million thanks to a number of incredibly generous donations from The Wolfson Foundation and the Barbour Foundation amongst others. We now just need to raise another £1 million, so PLEASE donate whatever you can and let’s make this research centre happen!!!

Best Wishes,

the RaW team