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Fundraising News

18 July 2018 - British 10k RCS team fundraising success!

RCS Team at the London 10km

On Sunday 15th July the 12-strong RCS team made up of fellows, staff and friends joined over 11,500 other runners pounding the scorching hot streets of London for the British 10k 2018. They all successfully completed the run - a fantastic achievement and boost to the College’s surgical research fund that has benefited from their generous commitment.

So far the runners have raised a fantastic £2,383 which has been allocated to research fellow Thomas Layton, a plastic surgical trainee at the University of Oxford. Thomas is researching into Dupuytrens Disease which is a fibrotic disorder of the hand affecting 4% of the UK population. This disease leads to impairment of hand function as the fingers curl irreversibly into the palm, it can interfere with handwriting, preparing food etc. While the cause is unknown, it's related to cells called myofibroblasts. Thomas is trying to define the genes which are specific to these cells.

A huge thank you to all the members of the 2018 RCS team and to their supporters for enabling us to complete the funding of this invaluable research.

Run for RCS surgical research

If you're interested in running for the RCS please email and we’ll contact you with any upcoming events.

23 April 2018 - Places now available for the Conserve our Collections Annual Reception

Book your place today...

Venue: Huntley Room, London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

Date: Wednesday 6 June from 17.00–19.30


The evening will include access to the LMA exhibition Picturing Forgotten London, a chance to view some select items that are not normally available to the public, and a lecture: The Beauty of Bodysnatching & The Life of Sir Astley Cooper, by Druin Burch.

Picturing Forgotten London uncovers the capital’s lost buildings and the people who set out to record them, from forgotten grand icons to functional premises serving the needs of everyday life. Drawings, engravings, photographs, maps and films sit alongside contemporary recollections and bring together a surprising record of London’s architectural richness, from the 1600s to the twentieth century.

From coaching inns to horse markets, riverside mansions to ragged schools, a wonderful selection of images will appear together for the first time to tell the story of London’s forgotten buildings.


To book please contact Nicola Extance-Vaughan by 25 May 2018

e: t: 020 7869 6086


03 April 2018 - 2017 Christmas Appeal update

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have now raised £16,988 for the 2017 Christmas appeal.  This will fund at least 11 neonatal surgical specialists to travel for two weeks to assist with the implementation of Naomi's care bundle which will improve surgical care for babies with gastroschisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

Naomi is currently applying for ethical approval for the gastroschisis interventional study - once approved she can then determine the exact timing of the study intervention. It is currently planned to be from January - September 2019. She is aiming to recruit and confirm specialists to accompany her for the interventional implementation in April 2018.

4 December 2017 - RCS 2017 Christmas Appeal

Improving surgical care for babies with gastroschisis in sub-Saharan Africa

Gastroschisis is one of the commonest birth defects. It is a condition where the baby is born with the intestines protruding through a hole in the abdominal wall. In well-resourced countries like ours the intestines are placed back into the abdomen and the baby is supported until feeding is established, resulting in a survival rate of more than 96%. Most of these babies live a full, normal life when born in the UK. In sub-Saharan Africa the majority of babies born with gastroschisis die.

Naomi Wright, a Paediatric Surgery Registrar and Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellow, has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Doctoral Fellowship with funding to undertake an interventional study across seven paediatric surgery centres in Ghana, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania with the aim of improving survival in babies born with gastroschisis. The current survival rate in these centres is less than 10%.

Please help the Royal College of Surgeons to support Naomi this Christmas by making a donation to fund additional neonatal surgical specialists. Each additional person will cost approximately £1500 per trip. Your gift will fund neonatal surgical nurse specialists, nutrition specialists and paediatric surgeons. Every person we can send will give Naomi’s work greater impact by increasing gastroschisis survival rates in sub-Saharan Africa.

Christmas Appeal 2017

23 March 2017

Christmas Appeal Update - Anatomy: The surgeon's roadmap

Our target for the Christmas appeal 2016 was to raise £15,000 to fund 25 anatomical illustration in support of the anatomy training here at the RCS in London.

Labelled photograph cards that were extracted from textbooks in the 1980s and mounted on cardboard currently support specimens used in this training. After 35 years of regular use they need replacing to support an anatomy collection that is regarded as one of the best in the world.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we're delighted to say so far we have raised £12,362 towards our target - allowing us to commission 20 of the 25 illustrations.

If you would like to donate to this appeal and help us achieve our target details can be found on the appeal page.

23 November 2016

Rode 2 Recovery

Mr Michael Russell and his team raise £7,831 for our Surgical Research Fund.
In January 2013 Michael Russell almost lost his life in an accident at work. The road to recovery has been long and slow. Without the dedication of the surgeons at The Royal London Hospital Michael would not be here today. Michael Russell and 19 other riders left London on 16th September and successfully cycled to Paris over 3 days.

The Royal College of Surgeons would like to the thank the whole of the Rode 2 Recovery Team and their support crew for such commitment and for their amazing contribution to our Surgical Research Fund.



The Riders: Michael Russell, Grant Loten, James Powell, Danny Marsh, John Studd, Chris Martin, Will Salter, Gavin Lindsey, Vince Balzan, Kevin Heyburn, Jon Gridley, John Manning, Robin Philpott, John Nightingale, Ralph Humphrey, Shaun Martin, David Russell, Grant Michell-Hill, Mike Frith & Mark Watkins.

The Support Crew: Natalie Russell, Sarah Nelmes, Leah Marsh & Nikki Gore.






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