SInce 1935, the Friends of The Royal Marsden, Chelsea has been supporting the work of the hospital.
With almost 200 volunteers and no government funding, the charity relies on the goodwill of its members who, by donating and fundraising ensure that the Friends can fund the purchase of equipment and services for the benefit of patients, their carers and staff to the tune of some £200,000 each year.
Perhaps more importantly, volunteers give around 20,000 hours of their time and the charity is run, in its entirety, by volunteers with the exception of one part-time secretary.
Over the past ten years, the Friends has donated more than £2m to the hospital and in 2019 it was given the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This is regarded as the MBE for voluntary groups and is the highest award given to voluntary groups in the UK. It was also winner in the category of Charity and Social Enterprise in the 2019 Kensington and Chelsea Business Awards.