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Medical Charities

Medical Charities

The Cordwainers support a number of medical related causes which are linked to the wishes of our original benefactors.

In particular, we are pleased to be able to support those medical organisations associated with Dr William Marsden, who was a member of the Company and Master Cordwainer in 1849.

Royal Free London Nurses and Midwives Trust

The Trust is a charity overseen by the Cordwainers Company and staff from the Royal Free Hospital, founded in 1828 by Dr Marsden. Established in 1964, the charity originally provided a home of rest to afford a means of physical and/or mental recuperation for the nurses and ex-nurses of the Royal Free Hospital. In more recent years, the charity has focussed on the provision of resources for and financial support of nurses’ and midwives’ educational needs.

Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (RMCC)

The Free Cancer Hospital was founded in 1851 by Dr Marsden and was renamed in his honour in 1954. The Cordwainers have supported the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which helps thousands of people, and their families cope with the ordeal of fighting cancer every year. Previous charitable grants from the Cordwainers have provided Veinsite headsets to aid cannulation, CADD Solis VIP pumps allowing blood cancer patients to have treatment at home, a Sherlock 3CG Tip Confirmation System to aid catheter placement and a Hamilton Starlet Robot, which processes tumour samples from breast cancer patients.

Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC)

The RSBC supports blind and partially sighted children young people aged 0-25 to have the best possible start in life.  Through a blend of education, sport, creative and developmental services, the RSBC builds and improves confidence, skills, learning, health, social interaction and inclusion. Recent charitable grants from the Cordwainers have supported the RSBC’s Music Group, a fun and free group open to all blind and partially sighted young people with a passion for music, as well as contributed to the development of the Study Hub at the RSBC’s new Life Without Limits Centre.

University College London (UCL)/Royal Free Hospital medical students

The Cordwainers supports the education of medical students from the Royal Free Hospital who are part of the UCL medical school.  Previous charitable grants have funded scholarships for one student in five of the six year groups as well as an award for the Best MBPhD Thesis and two runner-up prizes.

William Marsden MD.
(Portrait by T.H. Illidge, 1850)
John Came, who died in 1796, is the Company’s most generous benefactor. He left annuities for the blind and partially sighted, hearing-impaired people, and clergymen’s widows.