We aim to make a difference

Since 2005 the Marina Dalglish Appeal has raised over


to improve the lives of people fighting cancer


Marina Dalglish

“Many people approach me telling me how they have benefited from the money raised by the MDA, and it’s always lovely to hear that we have achieved what we set out to do. I have said many times that, while my name is above the door, this isn’t my charity – it belongs to everybody who has supported us over the years.”

Marina Dalglish

About us

The Marina Dalglish Appeal was set-up by the Dalglish family in 2005 ‘to do something to help’ after Marina was successfully treated for Breast Cancer in 2003.

With the invaluable help of an army of volunteers, supporters, friends and family we have touched many aspects of cancer care for thousands of people in the North West.

The Marina Dalglish Appeal has one very simple aim ‘to make a difference’ to cancer patients and their families.

  • 2007 – Donated £1.2 million to create a new Chemotherapy Unit at University Hospital Aintree where patients could be treated for a range of cancers in a spa-like environment. The centre is still thriving after over a decade, having treated many thousands of patients with chemotherapy. 
  • 2011 – Instrumental in bringing state-of-the-art Radiotherapy closer to patients on Merseyside by donating £3 million to the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre at Aintree.
  • 2014 – Contributed £500,000 to Southport & Formby District General Hospital for a new chemotherapy and haematology centre, which has greatly improved the treatment facilities available to patients in the region.
  • 2016 – Funded a new mammogram machine for the Breast Unit at University Hospital Aintree 


  • 2017 – Donated £2 million to The Walton Centre to fund an intraoperative MRI scanner as part of the hospital’s new operating suite, making them the first hospital in the North of England, and one of only a handful in the UK, to use this technology to treat adult patients.
  • 2019 – Funded a vacuum assisted biopsy machine for the Breast Unit at University Hospital Aintree 
  • 2019 – Enabled Broadgreen Hospital to purchase the most advanced surgical robot system in the world through a donation of £1.25 million. The robot has enabled surgeons at the Centre of Excellence for Urologic Oncology to perform life-saving operations on those with prostate, kidney, and bladder cancers – many of which are only possible because of the array of additional features designed to improve the safety of surgery.

“Their support means that we can realise a much- cherished dream of providing an amazing new scanning facility”

Mr Paul May, Clinical Director at The Walton Centre

“Without this I definitely would struggle and I love coming here, love coming to stay all day and sometimes I don’t want to go home; this place had been my lifeline, I love it”

Larks Patient, 2020

And we’re not stopping there...

The Marina Dalglish Appeal has been phenomenally successful over the last decade, but our desire to do more, and the need for even better services, is not diminished!

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Make an amazing difference to those going through tough times with cancer

Larks by The Marina Dalglish Appeal

Photograph of Larks support centre kitchen

In 2016, we opened our breast cancer support centre, Larks by The Marina Dalglish Appeal in the heart of Liverpool.


The psychological difference Larks is making to women with cancer and their families is overwhelming. The bond between our Larkettes and the caring atmosphere they have created has surpassed our wildest expectations.


Donna Murray, Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospital Aintree : “Larks meets, or should I say often exceeds, patients’ needs; enhancing their recovery while providing a safe haven for peer support.”


Liz Stephens, Larkette : “Larks means everything; it lets you learn how to live with cancer.”


Iris Grimster, Larkette : “I cannot thank Marina and Lauren enough for making me feel like a woman again.”

“I’d like to say thank you to every single person who has donated his or her time, money, and expertise to The Marina Dalglish Appeal. I cannot over emphasise how much we value and appreciate everyone’s support; quite simply without it the charity would not be where it is today.”

Marina Dalglish

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