Sunday, 14 April 2024
Sunday, 14 April 2024

Hospital executive directors set to cycle from London to Paris to raise funds

SENIOR staff at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust will tackle a 330-mile cycle ride from London to Paris to help The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity reach its fundraising target for a new cancer treatment and research facility.

Colleagues Karl Munslow Ong (Chief Operating Officer), Marcus Thorman (Chief Financial Officer) and Professor Nicholas Van As (Medical Director) will be taking on the epic challenge to support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s Appeal for the Oak Cancer Centre. 

Funded by a £70 million appeal, the Oak Cancer Centre will be a state-of-the-art treatment and research facility at the hospital’s Sutton site. The centre will bring over 400 researchers, 350 clinical staff and thousands of patients together under one roof, ensuring The Royal Marsden can continue to advance treatments for the benefit of cancer patients worldwide.

The trio, who have already raised over £39,000, will be setting off on 20 July. Over four days, they will cross the Channel and make their way through the villages and market towns of Northern France, before finishing their journey at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. 

Professor Nicholas van As said:

“It is going to be a really tough challenge, but training together and a little friendly competition will definitely spur us on, helping us to get over the finish line.

“All three of us are dedicated to raising as much as possible for the Oak Cancer Centre. It is going to be a remarkable facility which accelerates the translation of world-leading research into breakthroughs in the treatment and care of cancer patients.”

Antonia Dalmahoy, Managing Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: 

“We’re so grateful to Karl, Marcus and Nick for taking on this mammoth challenge for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s Oak Cancer Centre appeal, and we wish them the very best of luck on their journey. 

“Their generous support helps move us a step closer to the Oak Cancer Centre becoming a reality, which, in turn, will drive forward truly life-changing research for the benefit of people with cancer across the UK and around the world.”

The team is being sponsored by Accuray, Sopra Steria and ISG. 

To donate to the team’s fundraising, please visit:


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