Charlie Bear for Cancer Care

Charlie Bear was originally launched as a charity in 1978 to raise vital funds to help support people with cancer in a variety of ways. 

This is now a dedicated charitable fund based at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and supported by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We rely on your donations to support our campaign.  Please help.

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How to donate

Find out  more about how you can help Charlie Bear support people affected by cancer

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Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Charlie Bear for Cancer Care Charitable Fund

This page gives you information about the Charlie Bear for Cancer Care charitable fund, and includes details about its history and how you can help.

Latest news

A day of music

Come along and enjoy a day of music - all in aid of Charlie Bear for Cancer Care.

There will be live and acoustic sets from local bands and solo artists including the Andy Power Band, Broken Levee and Priory Dogs. MC for the day will be Gary Grainger.

Tickets are £10 and proceeds go to the Charlie Bear for Cancer Care charity.

  • Where: The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle
  • When: 2.30pm on Sunday 30 August
  • More details: tel: 0191 230 4474 or see the poster for more.pdf

About our charity

Charlie Bear for Cancer Care is the charitable fund dedicated to raising funds for the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC).

Charlie Bear logo 2014The fund is administered by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity - Reg No. 1057213.  

The original Charlie Bear Appeal was launched in 1978 by Daisy Clark MBE in memory of her husband Charlie to help raise £1 million to purchase the North East's first whole body CT scanner.  

Since then, Charlie Bear for Cancer Care has continued to raise funds to help local cancer patients at the NCCC. 

Please visit our home page for more information and updated news

Stereotactic Radiotherapy facility

In December 2011, our patron Sir John Hall launched a £3 million appeal to bring state-of-the-art radiotherapy to the region. In a unique collaboration with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the Newcastle Healthcare Charity and Newcastle Hospitals Trust, a £200,000 donation from Charlie Bear helped secure the revolutionary Stereotactic Radiotherapy facility for the NCCC.  

The system is capable of delivering radiation with pin-point accuracy to tumours that are difficult to treat by surgery or conventional radiotherapy. Treatment can now be completed in just a few short radiotherapy sessions instead of weeks. It means cancer patients in our region are now benefiting from the most advanced form of radiotherapy in the country. 

All of this has been made possible through the huge generosity and fundraising efforts of the North East public whose donations to Charlie Bear continue to support local people with cancer.

Providing exceptional patient care is at the heart of everything we do at the NCCC, and charitable donations are an important part of that. They enable us to keep pace with fast-moving developments in medical equipment and treatment, allowing us to achieve things far more quickly than would otherwise be possible. We have been able to buy more sophisticated equipment, extra patient comforts and provide specialist staff training and funding for local research projects to develop new treatments and technologies. 

Sheila Alexander, Co-Chair of the Charlie Bear for Cancer Care Charitable Fund, said: "Without your support, none of this would be possible, and we thank each and every one of you."

How you can help

Come and visit us at the Charlie Bear shop in the atrium area of the NCCC at the Freeman Hospital

If you'd like to support Charlie Bear for Cancer Care through a fundraising activity, please contact us on:

We can provide help and advice, along with sponsorship forms if needed.


If you would like to make a donation:

  • visit our Just Giving page
  • simply text the message NCCC70 followed by the amount (£2, £5 or £10) to 70070. You'll receive a thank you message from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity and a link should you wish to add Gift Aid.

Many thanks!

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