Since its inception, the trust has provided £10m in grants to support cancer units at Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospitals in London. It has also funded research into supportive and palliative care.
David Dimbleby, chair of the charity, said more needed to be done in the field of cancer care and research, and consequently the trust would be announcing two major grant schemes in the next few months.
“We have taken the decision to mark our 40th year with an escalation of our work, an increase in our profile and the commencement of serious fundraising,” said Dimbleby. He added that the grant schemes would be launched to fund care and research that “cannot wait for fundraising to take effect”.
Separately, the charity has appointed Malcolm Tyndall, formerly director of fundraising at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, as head of the charity. He becomes the first non-Dimbleby family member to lead the organisation.
“The work that we do makes life so much more bearable for thousands of people, and we will be aiming to expand our services so even more benefit in the future,” Tyndall said. “In the coming months we will be making some major announcements that will move Dimbleby Cancer Care into the big league.”