About our Charity


About Us

Cancer Research Wales is an independent Wales cancer research charity funding pioneering research into the key areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Wales.

Cancer Research Wales was established in 1966 with the idea of funding quality research projects with the potential to save lives, and has remained true to its values since that day. Originally starting out at Velindre Hospital in Cardiff, the charity soon expanded to fund world-class research in the hospitals and universities across Wales. It is testimony to this vision that the charity has invested over £20m in cancer research over the years.

Money raised for Cancer Research Wales is spent on cutting-edge clinical, laboratory, population and health systems research in universities and hospitals across Wales. The discoveries our scientists make are transforming how people with cancer are diagnosed and treated, helping more people survive cancer than ever before.

We receive no government funding, so this innovative work is only made possible through the generous support of the public. The charity generates approximately £3 million a year in income through a range of fundraising activities, including Legacies, individual donations, events and volunteer fundraising.



Cancer Research Wales has recently become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and so on 1st October 2016, to acknowledge the change in our listing with the Charity Commission our charity registration number 248767, changed to a Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1167290. For more details on this exciting development within Cancer Research Wales please read our Blog www.cancerresearchwales.co.uk/blog/incorporation/

Board of Trustees:

Gavin Moore

Ian Sharp

Chris Gaffney

Simon Williams

Rhian Whiting


To learn more about Cancer Research Wales and our work please view the Cancer Research Wales Annual Report 2015-16 or Annual Report 2014-15

Alternatively please see our Financial Accounts for 2017/18Financial Accounts for 2016/17 or  Financial Accounts for 2015/16.

With further information available on the Charity Commission’s website

Meet our staff

Meet our scientists

Find out about the research projects they have worked on with CRW funding

Why would anyone want to become a volunteer?