Help fight Childhood Brain Tumours

We want to provide the crucial funding for research into immunotherapy to treat rare childhood brain tumours.

We did it!

On 27th Aug 2017 we successfully raised £620 with 20 supporters in 56 days

Investing in saving children's lives.

Friends of Rosie is an independent charity which fund research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer. 98% of the money we raise goes directly to funding real research projects. Click here to read our success stories.

Dr Gray Kueberuwa, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Clinical and Experimental Immunotherapy Group at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, is currently researching the feasibility of using cells created by the body's immune system to shrink or destroy brain tumours in children, known as Immunotherapy. This therapy would be used to treat childhood brain tumours that currently cannot be treated by conventional methods.  

In the last few months, in Manchester alone, three little girls, Pippa, Gracie and Gracie, sadly passed away from the type of brain tumours this research is looking to treat.

Expert Guidance

Our internationally recognised  independent scientific advisory board (SAB), comprised of world renowned and distiguished medical experts, provides us with impartial recommendations of the projects they deem as potentially game changing for childhood cancer. This project was approved with the highest ranking.


Brain tumours claim more children's lives than any other childhood cancer.

Friends of Rosie chose to award this project with a one-year grant as, if it is successful, it could have a hugely positive impact on the treatment of childhood solid tumours. Brain tumours claim more lives than any other childhood cancer.

If this project shows promise, upon advice from our scientific board, we want to be able to extend the funding for a further year in order to improve the way children with brain tumours are treated.*

Cancer remains the most common cause of death in children.

There is a constant struggle for funding for childhood cancer research, with so much still to learn and not enough financial support. In the UK, cancer remains the most common cause of death in children, with 250 children losing their lives to cancer each year. Friends of Rosie provide critical funding to new research projects. If the initial research results from these projects are positive, this allows researchers to share and publish the results within the international research community, helping raise the profile of the piece of research and enabling potential access to bigger and longer term funds to continue the initial ground work that Friends of Rosie started.

From the small seeds of ideas that Friends of Rosie funds, there is the potential to dramatically improve the treatment and lives of children with cancer.

We are volunteering to make a difference.

The charity was set up by the friends and family of five-year-old Rosie Larkin, who lost her battle against cancer in 1991. The charity today continues to be run by dedicated volunteers, many of whom have been affected by childhood cancer. Our supporters are passionate about the importance of research to give children the chance of a happy and healthy future. We keep our running costs to an absolute minimum, with only one part time member of staff and donated office space. 

Last year we received applications for almost £400,000 worth of research grants but we only funded £140,000. There’s a lot of great research not yet funded. With your donation, you can fund a tangible piece of research that we hope will lead to saving the lives of children with brain tumours.

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Registered charity number: 1046278

*While we strive to fund only the most promising research projects, recommended and approved by our Scientific Advisory Board, not all projects achieve the outcomes hoped for. On that basis, if this project does not achieve approval for a second year, we will reallocate these funds to other recommended research projects relating to childhood cancer.

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