The Royal Marsden is urging the public to get behind their emergency appeal to help fund research into how Covid-19 affects cancer patients.

The emergency appeal, which launched in March, raised an incredible £1million in just a month.

However, the charity now needs to raise an additional £500,000 to support a series of critical research.

The studies will investigate the biology and interactions between cancer patient’s immunity, Covid-19, cancer and cancer treatment.

Donations from the appeal are already making a huge difference to staff and patients with funds supporting additional mental wellbeing and psychological support.

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Money raised has also been invested in digital resources such as purchasing iPads so that doctors are able to carry out remote consultations.

Managing Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Antonia Dalmahoy, said: “As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to be felt around the UK, staff at The Royal Marsden are still working tirelessly to care for cancer patients.

"It’s thanks to the generosity of our supporters that we have been able to help the hospital quickly adapt and innovate in response to the crisis.

"To each and every person who has donated, you are making a huge difference and we can’t thank you enough.

“However, this pandemic will have wide-reaching and long-lasting consequences for both cancer patients and staff which is why we’re continuing to urge the public to get behind our emergency appeal and donate today.

"With your help, we can fund research which is urgently needed to improve the lives of patients with cancer."

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