The story behind the campaign - ‘Create The Change’

The Francis Crick Institute © HOK and Glowfrog Studios

Cancer Research UK is the only one of the six founding partners raising funds philanthropically to complete our contribution to the overall £650m cost to build the Crick.

In 2012, we launched the ‘Create The Change’ campaign which aims to raise £100m towards our contribution.  It is our boldest campaign yet, aiming to engage with philanthropists both in the UK and internationally to make transformational donations towards establishing the new institute.

We have received some extremely generous gifts to date and we hope to inspire even more people to get involved by investing in this building and changing the future of medical research.

An exceptional building

This world-class institute will create a unique environment equipped with cutting edge technology to encourage collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach.


For more information on the campaign, download the Create The Change brochure (PDF, 928KB).

Charles Manby

Charles Manby, Senior partner at Goldman Sachs is Chair of the Create The Change board:

As Chairman and donor to this campaign I believe the Francis Crick Institute will create something significant for generations to come.

Charles leads 19 philanthropists from a wide range of disciplines who all bring their expertise to the project:

  • Sherry Coutu CBE
  • Lord Fink of Northwood
  • Michael Geoghegan CBE
  • David Harding
  • Richard Hayden
  • Mohammad Kamal Syed
  • Ray Kelvin CBE
  • Mike Lynch OBE
  • Patrick McKenna
  • Helena Morrissey CBE
  • Lady Palumbo of Walbrook
  • Dalip Pathak
  • Andrew Pisker
  • Lee Portnoi
  • Inderneel Singh
  • Sir Martin Sorrell
  • Edward Speed
  • Mark Thompson
  • Mark Yallop

Russell Delew

Russell is Director of our Major Giving and Appeals department. He’s developed capital campaigns and worked with major philanthropists for over 15 years.

His team will raise the £100 million required for the Francis Crick Institute.

Antonia Newman

Antonia leads the Create The Change team. She has over 12 years experience in major gift fundraising at a variety of roles at Cancer Research UK, Cambridge University and the London School of Economics.

Contact Antonia Newman, Head of Create The Change, to find out how you can get involved and to discuss opportunities to recognise your support.

Email or call 020 3469 5297.

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