The story behind the campaign - ‘Create The Change’

The Francis Crick Institute

In 2012, Cancer Research UK took on its most ambitious fundraising challenge yet: to raise £100 million in four years through philanthropic donations. We called our campaign “Create The Change”, because its purpose was to fund the building of a facility that would break the mould for scientific enquiry, and transform outcomes for cancer patients across the world.

Four years later, the success of this campaign has helped establish one of the world’s leading biomedical research institutes, the Francis Crick Institute. Under Director Sir Paul Nurse, 1,500 talented scientists representing a vast spectrum of disciplines will collaborate at the Crick on the study and treatment of the world’s major diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria.

The Francis Crick Institute is a visionary collaboration between six of the world’s leading medical research organisations: Cancer Research UK; The Medical Research Council; The Wellcome; UCL(University College London); King’s College London; and Imperial College London. £100 million of Cancer Research UK’s £160 million contribution to the £650 million capital cost of the Crick was the only funding to be raised through philanthropic donations.

Thank you

This is a tremendous achievement, which simply would not have been possible without the generosity and support of so many people. We would like to thank each and every one of our supporters for helping us reach this ambitious target.

For more information about the campaign and the generous supporters who helped us reach our goal, download our end of campaign magazine here

An exceptional building

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

The Francis Crick Institute and Collaboration - Create The Change



Charles Manby, Senior partner at Goldman Sachs was Chair of the Create The Change board and we are extremely grateful to him for his generosity and support throughout the campaign:

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

Charles lead 19 philanthropists from a wide range of disciplines who brought their expertise to the project and whose support was integral to the success of the campaign:

  • 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

Contact Melanie Alexander, Head of Philanthropy Major Giving and Campaigns, to find out how you can get involved and to discuss opportunities to recognise your support.

Email or call 020 3469 8494.

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