Prince William wore a surgical face mask as he sat with cancer patients at the Royal Marsden Hospital today.
The Duke of Cambridge’s visit marks the start of construction for the Trust’s Oak Cancer Centre at the site and comes 30 years after his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, laid a ceremonial foundation stone to commemorate the building of the Chelsea Wing at The Royal Marsden in Chelsea.
Dad-of-three William, who is president of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, also launched The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s public appeal to raise the final amount required to build the centre, before laying the building’s foundation stone.
The Royal Marsden opened its doors in 1851 as the world’s first hospital dedicated to cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education.
The trust is a world-leading cancer centre specialising in cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education with two hospitals, one in Chelsea and the other in Sutton, Surrey.
The new building will place over 400 researchers under the same roof as patients, helping to accelerate the development of new treatments for cancer.
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The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity has so far raised almost £62 million of the £70 million needed to complete the Oak Cancer Centre, which is due to open to patients in 2022.
During the visit, The Duke met patients to hear how clinical trials at The Royal Marsden have transformed their lives, and to talk about their experiences of receiving treatment during the pandemic.