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Help make your hospitals even better

Addenbrooke’s is a really good hospital. But really good is not good enough. We want it to be the best. For you, your family, your friends and your community.

Our purpose is to make Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie hospitals even better through improved patient care that allows more people to be diagnosed quicker and more accurately, to get the treatment they need in environments that support health, and to recover more quickly or get the support that they need.

Donations to our ‘even better’ campaign help the hospital to be the best – allowing us to invest in new ideas, new research, new environments and new technology where the hospital needs it most. We raise funds for cutting edge technology, additional specialist staff, environmental enhancements and extra comforts for patients that make all the difference over and above what is possible with NHS funding alone.

With your support we have made Addenbrooke’s even better. You helped us raise:

  • £1.5m to buy a surgical robot that will change patients’ lives, allowing them to be be discharged from hospital within a matter of days, not weeks
  • £110,000 to enable a Family Therapist to help support families in the face of serious illness and loss
  • £250,000 for a cutting edge 3D surgical planning service to save head and neck cancer patient’s lives
  • £150,000 to pay for a Cancer Counselling Service, ensuring that every patient being treated for cancer receives the best possible emotional support

In the last financial year, you helped:

  • Raise £260,000 to kit out two emergency children’s ambulances to transport sick children to Addenbrooke’s, quicker
  • Fund a new ambulance incubator trolley with £111,800, helping to save the lives of more critically ill babies
  • Pay for a study with £24,416, which has discovered the means to reactivate a virus so that it may be treated, leading to possible new therapies and cures
  • Fund a life-enhancing paediatric ultrasound machine for £22,995, which will allow the most accurate and effective targeting of injections for children with cerebral palsy and arthritis; greatly enhancing their quality of life.
  • Fund £335,000 for research into Parkinson’s disease, which could help in diagnosis and the search for new treatments.

Help us make Addenbrooke’s even better for patients. 
Donate today.

Cancer services & the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital

Every day 11 people face a new cancer diagnosis at Addenbrooke’s. Help us improve care and support, develop pioneering research, and more. Please donate today.

Over the last few years, 6,000 supporters have raised an incredible £4,000,000 for cancer services at Addenbrooke’s achieving:

  • An outpatients garden, providing a quiet haven away from the bustling hospital environment
  • A state-of-the art surgical robot allowing prostate patients access to minimally invasive surgery
  • A modern, spacious Haematology Day Unit for patients with blood cancers allowing 200 more patients to be seen every month and to be treated closer to home in brighter and more spacious surroundings, with specialist equipment and reduced waiting times
  • 2 ECP machines to treat the terrible side effects suffered by patients following bone marrow transplantation, thereby decreasing the risk of life-threatening infections and potential admissions to intensive care
  • A ‘Biopsee’ machine to more accurately diagnose and identify prostate cancer, providing vital information on the grade and stage of the cancer.

For more information about Cancer services, please contact us at or call 01223 217757.

Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital

Situated at the heart of Cambridge’s thriving life sciences eco-system, the brand-new hospital will unite the NHS, academia and industry in a powerful collaboration that will pioneer new ways to detect cancer earlier and treat it in a more personalised way.

Every year, around 375,000 people in the UK are told they have cancer – a figure which is set to grow to half a million by 2035. And sadly, around half of those diagnosed will die of their disease.
With growing numbers of patients, increasingly complex diagnoses and treatments, and the economic and social cost of the disease steadily climbing, we need to radically change our whole approach to cancer.

Set to open in 2027, the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital will change the story of cancer.

This brand-new, purpose-built hospital is being designed in partnership with patients. It will bring together the clinical excellence of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the scientific expertise of the University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK, and the commercial capability of industry partners under one roof.

By convening a critical mass of multidisciplinary cancer expertise and putting research at the heart of the hospital, we will create the optimal environment to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into cutting-edge patient care, bringing new ways to diagnose and treat cancer to the patient bedside. 

What’s more, we will pioneer new care pathways that will embed the early diagnosis and personalised treatment of cancer into the NHS, acting as a template for health systems around the world.

The breakthroughs and innovations that we deliver will change the way cancer is treated far beyond Cambridge, benefitting patients across the UK and globally.

Philanthropy has helped to transform global healthcare and you can play a powerful part in saving and dramatically improving the lives of people with cancer for generations to come, far beyond Cambridge.  

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is embarking on an ambitious campaign to raise £12m towards the new hospital. To find out how you can become a founding donor, please get in touch with Emma at

To support the new Cancer Research Hospital you can make a donation above or contact Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.

Major Trauma Campaign

As the designated major trauma centre for the East of England, Addenbrooke’s provides care from the emergency department, theatres and critical care, through to rehabilitation. Many patients must learn how to walk, talk and eat again. With your support we can help patients recover from life-changing injuries and piece their lives back together again.

Our generous supporters have already helped us fund:

  • The MyICUvoice app, giving voiceless and ventilated intensive care patients a tool to communicate
  • Cooling systems that lower the body temperature of trauma patients to reduce brain cell damage and increase chances of survival
  • Healing spaces to help patients with their rehabilitation and provide much needed comfort

But with your support the teams can do even more. Your generous donations will:

  • Help improve survival rates
  • Speed up recovery times
  • Reduce the severity of disabilities
  • Enable patients to live more independently and help more patients return to work.

Please support our Major Trauma service – donate today – thank you.

To find out more about how you could make our Major Trauma Service even better please email or call 01223 217757.

Transplant Campaign

Help us provide Addenbrooke’s Transplant department with cutting edge equipment, the best patient environment and the latest research at their fingertips.

The internationally acclaimed Cambridge Transplant Centre treats more than 300 patients a year, who receive replacement livers, pancreas, small bowels, or kidneys. They provide highly specialised care for patients with actual or suspected abdominal organ failure for much of the east of England and beyond.

As more transplants are being carried out –  as well as the forthcoming opt-out system for organ donation – ACT wants to ensure that the hospital is ready for this increased demand. The charity would now like to support improvements that will ensure that patients and the relatives visiting them in hospital are more comfortable, such as making our patient day rooms more homely as well as providing a brighter, more comfortable space for patients being assessed for a liver transplant.

Thanks to our supporters, we’ve been able to invest in two ground-breaking methods that provide more accurate testing of livers and kidneys, helping to ensure that no organ is wasted.

  • Liver perfusion – has effectively meant we can ‘test-drive’ livers on a system mimicking the body and ensure their functionality before transplant. This has meant that livers that would have previously been deemed unsuitable for transplant are actually found to function well enough for them to be transplanted.
  • We’ve also been able to support a nationwide clinical trial that aims to increase the number of kidneys available for transplant. The so-called PITHIA trial aims to improve the evaluation of kidneys pre-transplant by examining biopsy samples. We were able to purchase the specialist biopsy sample scanners for the five specialist transplant centres. If successful it could enable as many as 125 additional kidney transplants every single year.
  • ACT has supported the creation of additional high dependency isolation beds on the transplant wards, helping to ensure the hospital can manage increased volumes of transplant patients.

Your donation could help transplant patients, and many others across the hospital, by helping develop new techniques in surgery, respond to the clinical needs of tomorrow and make an excellent ground-breaking service even better.

Please donate today to help make Addenbrooke’s even better – thank you.

To find out more, please contact us at or call 01223 217757.