Children with Cancer UK

Children With Cancer UK (formerly Children with Leukaemia) is a United Kingdom-based charity dedicated to raising money for research and providing care for children with cancer and their families. The aims of their research projects are to understand what causes children to get cancer and to develop improved treatments.[1]


Children With Cancer UK was established in 1987 by Eddie and Marion O’Gorman and their family in memory of their son, Paul, who died from leukaemia.[2] The initial aim was to raise £100,000 for research and support. The O’Gormans lost a second child, their daughter Jean,[3] to cancer shortly after their first fundraising event (The Paul O’Gorman Banquet and Ball).[4] Subsequently, Diana, Princess of Wales became involved in the charity, which she inaugurated in 1988.


Since 1987, Children With Cancer UK has raised over £220 million,[5] which is used to support research into the causes and treatment of cancer in children and clinical trials. The charity also funds research centres, such as the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.[6] and respite accommodation for affected families. In 2007, they provided funding for a new £40 million biomedical research lab at the UCL Cancer Institute, named after the deceased Paul O'Gorman.[7]


The charity is assisted by a range of organisations in the UK including Mr Men Little Miss, which supports the charity's London Marathon entrants.[8]

For his services to charity Eddie O’Gorman was appointed an OBE in 2009.[9] In November 2018, he was presented with the Pride of Britain 'Lifetime Achievement' award.[3]

In 2019 it became the sponsor of League One football club Sunderland AFC


  1. ^ "Charity overview". Charity Commission for England and Wales. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Sunshine fun for marathon runner appealing for support in Thame". The Bucks Herald. Aylesbury, England: JPIMedia. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b McNally, Siobhan (4 November 2018). "Pride of Britain winner Eddie O'Gorman raised £230m to fight cancer - his story". Mirror Online. London: MGN > Trinity Mirror Group. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ Stevens, Richard G. "Bugs" (17 April 2018). "Light at night can disrupt circadian rhythms in children – are there long-term risks?". The Conversation. Boston. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  5. ^ Norris, Phil (2018-04-11). "Mum running London Marathon after daughter got cancer". gloucestershirelive. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  6. ^ "Paul died, but his legacy is hope". The Northern Echo. 25 February 2005.
  7. ^ "Cancer research and the transformational power of philanthropy". 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  8. ^ "Children with Cancer UK launches The Mr. Men Little Miss Virtual Run | UK Fundraising". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  9. ^ "New Year honours list: OBEs". The Guardian. 31 December 2009.

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