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How philanthropy supports our research

Philanthropy has played a key role in the progress we have made over the years and there are many opportunities to play a part in the future of cancer research. 

We are proud of the relationships we have built up over many years with both individuals and philanthropic organisations, and would be delighted to speak with you about how we can help realise your philanthropic goals.

Two women having a glass of water at Recital for Research event 2018

Working with individual philanthropists

We work closely with individuals and family offices who are passionate about making a huge impact on cancer research and transforming lives. 

By developing long-term relationships with donors, we offer the opportunity to see our work first-hand by meeting our scientists and clinicians, who will help you understand how your gift is changing the face of research into new treatments and drug resistance.

Contact Hannah Joyce  Read our philanthropy stories


Trusts, Foundations and charity partners

Our dedicated team works closely with Trusts, Foundations and charity partners who play an important role in enabling our state-of-the-art infrastructure. From investing in cutting-edge technology to innovative research projects at our sites in Chelsea and Sutton, your support is critical to our world leading cancer research 

Your investment supports our work by providing funds that are directed to research projects matching a specific area of interest or tumour type, or where the priority is greatest. 

Contact Thomas Bland  Read our donor stories


Our current funding priorities

We are building a state-of-the art drug discovery centre to create more and better cancer drugs and this is our highest priority for investment. Your support for the building, will help us to make an historic step-change in cancer treatment, and give us our best chance to overcome cancer’s resistance to treatment – and save more lives.

You can help us educate and develop the very best young scientists and clinicians through the various stages of their training, from doctoral studentships to their first team leader positions.

Help us to keep pace with rapid advances in technology by investing in the latest equipment for our research. Whether a brand new type of microscope to help us better understand cell division, or next-generation sequencing machines, the costs for technology like this can reach many hundreds of thousands of pounds every year. 

Meet the team

We would love to speak to you about how you can help make a difference to the ICR's work and patients’ lives today.

Lara Jukes

Director of Development

Lara Jukes, Director of Development

+44 2071 535 192

Email Lara


Hannah Joyce

Deputy Director of Development (Philanthropy) 

Hannah Joyce, Deputy Director of Development (Philanthropy)

+44 2071 535 298 

Email Hannah

Thomas Bland

Deputy Director of Development (Trusts and Corporates) 

Thomas Bland, Deputy Director of Development (Trusts and Corporates)

+44 2087 224 200 

Email Thomas

Isabelle Hayhoe

Senior Philanthropy Manager

Isabelle Hayhoe, Senior Philanthropy Manager

+44 2034 377 659

Email Isabelle

How you can support us from overseas

We would be delighted to speak with you about your philanthropic aims, and discuss how you can enjoy the tax benefits on your donation available in your country of residence:

  • US tax-payers and foundations wishing to support the ICR can give tax efficiently through CAF America, a US 501 (c) (3) charity (US tax ID no 43-1634280). 
  • For further information: Giving to the Institute of Cancer Research: a guide for US tax payers (PDF)
  • Donors in Switzerland can claim local tax benefits on their gifts through our Transnational Giving Europe partner Swiss Philanthropy Foundation by contacting [email protected]


'Poem on a pill' cuts cancer down to size

We have commissioned newly-appointed Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to write a poem and for micro-engraver Graham Short to carve this onto a pill, symbolising our goal to ‘finish’ cancer by turning it into a manageable disease. The poem eloquently expresses the magnitude of our ambition to outsmart cancer and the incredible research journey that will take place in our new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery.

Help us finish our Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery

We are building a state-of-the-art drug discovery centre to create more and and better cancer drugs

NEWS: ICR launches ‘Let’s finish it’ campaign for Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery

We have revealed our plans for one of the world’s most important buildings for the discovery of revolutionary cancer treatments. In this truly collaborative environment and through our ‘Darwinian’ drug discovery programme, we aim to create more and better drugs for cancer patients and overcome the problem of cancer evolution and drug resistance.