The David Adams Leukemia Appeal Fund was set up in memory of the late David Adams, whose life was prolonged by The Royal Marsden Hospital for two years after his initial diagnosis of leukaemia. During this time, he raised many thousands of pounds for the hospital, and his efforts have since been continued by his family and friends. 

Despite doctors giving David “no hope” at the time of his diagnosis, staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital were more tenacious, helping to prolong his life for another two years.  In order to ensure others could receive similar support and to help fund further research and equipment, in 1991 Mandie, David’s wife, founded The David Adams Leukaemia Appeal Fund to raise money solely for the Royal Marsden Hospital.  Since then, the Appeal has raised over £1M through voluntary activity with just one part-time administrator.  The money raised has funded research posts, set up a Nurses’ Library, and co-funded a state-of-the-art haemato-oncology unit. 

Our Mission:

To enable state-of-the-art facilities and treatment for children, adolescents and adults with leukaemia

“I feel very thrilled, honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award”
— Mandie Adams McGuire, chairwoman of The David Adams Leukamia Appeal Fund upon receiving her MBE in 2014

What We've Achieved so far...

  • 2010 saw the opening of the new Haemato-Oncology Unit at Sutton
  • 2012 saw the opening of The Centre for Molecular Pathology
  • 2014 saw Chairwoman Mandie Adams McGuire awarded an MBE for her tireless work in raising money for the Royal Marsden Hospital