Cancerkin is merging with Maggie’s!

Cancerkin and Maggie’s at the Royal Free Hospital

Cancer charities Cancerkin and Maggie’s have announced that they are to merge on 1 February 2016 to become Maggie’s at the Cancerkin Centre.

The Royal Free is delighted to welcome Maggie’s to the hospital, where the aim will be to provide services and support networks to patients with all forms of cancer as well as their family and friends.

Maggie’s at the Cancerkin Centre will continue to provide all of Cancerkin’s services for people with breast cancer, including lymphoedema treatment, therapies, patient support groups and experienced patient services.  And from next month, patients will also have access to all the additional services that Maggie’s provides, including courses on managing stress, returning to work after cancer and support for family and friends.

Cancerkin has taken the decision to join up with Maggie’s to ensure its stability against a background of cuts, and competition from a range of other charities, whilst it is still in a strong financial position.

Cancerkin Chief Executive Victoria Todd said: “I have watched this charity grow over the years. I am so proud that Maggie’s have agreed to take on and expand our work and provide a much wider range of support services to patients living with cancer. They too have a wealth of experience working on hospital sites.”

Maggie’s Chief Executive Laura Lee said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Cancerkin to create Maggie’s at the Cancerkin Centre. The merger will allow both charities to extend the support offered to ensure people with breast cancer and the wider cancer population in North London receive the extra practical, emotional and social support that they need to live well. The new Centre will complement Maggie’s existing and planned Centres in London, at Charing Cross Hospital, at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and at the Royal Marsden, helping us to fulfil our aim of making the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends across the capital”.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive David Sloman said: ““We have benefited from Cancerkin’s support to our patients over the last 28 years and we now look forward to working with Maggie’s who will continue this fantastic work supporting our cancer patients into the future.”

If you have any other questions about the merger or would like more information please call Cancerkin on 02078302323 or e-mail

Rebecca Wynberg appointed as new chairman

Rebecca Wynberg PictureCancerkin, a breast cancer charity based at the Royal Free Hospital, has appointed Rebecca Wynberg as its new chairman. She takes over from Dr John Carrier, who has been chairman at Cancerkin for the past six years.

Rebecca’s background is in consumer market research. She co-founded Sadek Wynberg Research, which was the world’s largest independent qualitative research company when it was sold to Millward Brown (WPP) in 2004. Rebecca then set up Wy, a consultancy business offering global qualitative research and leadership and skills development for clients. In 2012, she was appointed as global CEO of qualitative business at TNS, the world’s largest custom market research specialists.

Rebecca knows Cancerkin well as she has been a Cancerkin Trustee since September 2007 and Vice-Chair since March 2009.

Speaking about her appointment, Rebecca said: Cancerkin is unique in the help and services it provides for people affected by breast cancer and it is a privilege to be continuing my involvement with the charity, now as Chair.  I am looking forward to working with Victoria Todd, our CEO and her great team as well as with our board of trustees to ensure that Cancerkin remains vital and valuable to those it serves.

Victoria Todd, Cancerkin’s Chief Executive, said: “Rebecca has stepped in as our Interim Chairman at the very crucial time for Cancerkin and I am delighted that she has. She has been an extremely valuable member of the Board of Trustees since 2007 when she was instrumental in steering Cancerkin through a number of governance issues which put the Charity onto a more stable footing to enable Cancerkin to grow and prosper. In addition, she has helped us with fundraising but more importantly, provided invaluable support to both me and Cancerkin’s staff. We could not have a better champion at our side”. 


London, 21st June 2013.  UK breast cancer charity Cancerkin, in collaboration with world-renowned light artist Bruce Munro, will light up a modern day beacon on a hill outside Bath on Saturday 22st June.  The beacon will be constructed from 2,730 individually lit plastic bottles and is designed to illuminate the night sky from miles around the site, sending out a universal message of hope.

“Anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer can be part of this light show, by sponsoring a light and attaching to it their own personal message, helping to illuminate the night with their hopes.  So far, over 2,400 bottles have been sponsored with messages from those who have lost, loved and survived,” said Cancerkin CEO, Victoria Todd.

The installation, dubbed ‘Beacon on the Hill’, will be placed bottle by bottle on a 288 metre chalk hill just outside Bath.  This presents a huge physical and logistical challenge; the installation was planned to be lit up on 27th November last year but flooding in the area was so severe that safety experts decided to postpone the event.

The artist was inspired to produce this work by the memory of a close friend, lost to breast cancer at just 33.  “This hill and surrounding countryside has long been my ‘canvas’. I lost a dear friend very young to breast cancer. By illuminating the night sky for a brief moment, I hope to send the message “you are not alone”, said artist Bruce Munro.

Beacon on the Hill will be lit on the night of 22nd June 2013, in front of what is expected to be a large crowd of supporters from across the country. The moment will be captured by photographers, adding this work to the catalogue of images from Bruce’s work at the V&A and Longwood Gardens, ensuring Beacon on the Hill will continue to be a symbol of hope and unity long after the lights are turned out.

“This is a historical event which we hope will draw attention to the issue of breast cancer in a remarkable way. There’s still time to lighten your heart and reach for the sky with your own message. Any donation, large or small, will to help fund our specialised support services for women.” said Cancerkin CEO Victoria Todd.


Notes to editors

Supporters have until the 2nd March 2013 to sponsor a bottle with their personal message. To take part, they can download a bottle sponsorship form from the Cancerkin website (, visit our JustGiving page or simply call Cancerkin on 020 7830 2323 to make a donation and leave a personal message.

Cancerkin was set up in 1987 as the first hospital-based, dedicated breast cancer charity in the UK, Cancerkin offers supportive care services to those living with the disease. The charity helps hundreds of women each year deal with the trauma of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Bruce Munro is a British lighting designer and installation artist. Munro is best known for lighting installations such as Field of Light, which was first exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 2004. Bruce’s most recent exhibition has just been held to critical acclaim in America at the historic Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, with the 23-acre show drawing record numbers to the gardens to experience the night time