Friends of Rosie Childrens Cancer Research Fund

Help us kick-start vital childhood cancer research

We are a children’s cancer research charity based in Manchester. We provide funding to kickstart new research projects looking for gentler and more effective treatments for children with cancer. We need your help to give more research ideas the chance to make a difference to children with cancer.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1046278)

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Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund


  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Medical ResearchMedical Research


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom


It is a little-known fact that childhood cancer receives less funding in the UK than any other type of cancer. While this is mainly due to its relative rarity in comparison to adult cancers, the lasting effects of cancer treatments have a far greater impact on a child’s growing body. Kinder, gentler, and more effective treatments are desperately needed for children, many of whom are currently being treated with the same harsh cancer drugs as adults.


Each year, charity funds permitting, we issue a grant call to research and medical institutions across the UK to apply for funding. The research projects that we help to get off the ground can lead to critical breakthroughs in our global understanding of childhood cancer and a step change in the way children with cancer are diagnosed and treated. Our funds give researchers one to two years of preliminary data in order to attract larger scale funding from other institutions.

  • “I would just like to see a situation where no more parents have to sit in front of a doctor and be told, “We can’t cure your child”. I think we can do better than that.”

    — Lisa Larkin, Rosie's Mum and Parent Trustee

  • “There are no words to describe the fear you feel when your child receives a cancer diagnosis. You have to stay strong for them, but yet you need the release of falling apart occasionally too. You would give anything and everything to swap places with them.”

    — Tracey Payton, Emma's Mum

  • "Hopefully one day we will get the breakthrough that we need to find the cure that means that no more families will have to be broken like ours.”

    — Clair Beswick, Lily's Mum