Prince Charles meets scientists and donors at the cancer research center in London

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The Prince of Wales visited a cancer research center to find out how Covid-19 has affected funding today – and was given tie-dye bags for Camilla and Kate Middleton from a schoolboy who raised £ 1,850 for charity.

Prince Charles, 72, who is a patron of Breast Cancer Now, arrived at the organization’s Toby Robins Research Center, at The Institute of Cancer Research, in London’s Fulham Road, 21 years after it opened.

He was greeted by the charity’s general manager, Baroness Delyth Morgan, before going to a research lab.

The Prince heard from Dr. Rachel Brough, senior research associate at the Institute of Cancer Research, and Dr. Alicia Okines, consultant medical oncologist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, about an innovative study at the research center.

Prince Charles, 72, who is patron of Breast Cancer Now, on a visit to Breast Cancer Now’s Toby Robins Research Center in London today

During the visit, Charles learned about the charity's achievements and how Covid-19 has impacted their funded research.  Pictured, with staff

During the visit, Charles learned about the charity’s achievements and how Covid-19 has impacted their funded research. Pictured, with staff

At a reception, Charles met donors from Breast Cancer Now, whose support has helped fund the center's work.  Pictured right: Oscar Coulson-Starley, 11, and mom Danni Starley, 45

At a reception, Charles met donors from Breast Cancer Now, whose support has helped fund the center’s work. Pictured right: Oscar Coulson-Starley, 11, and mom Danni Starley, 45

The team is investigating a possible treatment for lobular breast cancer, a type of disease that accounts for up to 15% of all breast cancer cases.

At a reception, Charles also met donors from Breast Cancer Now, whose support has helped fund the center’s work.

They include individuals who participated in Breast Cancer Now’s £ 1,000 Challenge, who pledged to raise £ 1,000 towards essential secondary breast cancer research.

During his visit, Charles met 11-year-old fundraiser Oscar Coulson-Starley of Faversham, Kent, and joked, “Shouldn’t you be in school?”

The Prince of Wales meets Dr.  Rachel Brough, Senior Scientific Officer, on a visit to Breast Cancer Now's Toby Robins Research Center

The Prince of Wales meets Dr. Rachel Brough, Senior Scientific Officer, on a visit to Breast Cancer Now’s Toby Robins Research Center

The Prince heard from Dr. Rachel Brough, senior research associate at the Institute of Cancer Research, and Dr. Alicia Okines, consultant medical oncologist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, about an innovative study at the research center (photo)

The Prince heard from Dr. Rachel Brough, senior research associate at the Institute of Cancer Research, and Dr. Alicia Okines, consultant medical oncologist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, about an innovative study at the research center (photo)

The Prince of Wales on a visit to Breast Cancer Now's Toby Robins Research Center in London today.  Pictured, with staff

The Prince of Wales on a visit to Breast Cancer Now’s Toby Robins Research Center in London today. Pictured, with staff

Prince Charles puts on a lab coat

Prince Charles puts on a lab coat

Prince Charles, 72, who is a patron of Breast Cancer Now, visited the organization’s Toby Robins Research Center in London’s Fulham Road, 21 years after opening it

The schoolboy raised £ 1,850 for charity by making jewelry and tie-dye bags.

He told the prince: ‘My mother was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2018 and it came back as secondary breast cancer last year.

“It was a shock to learn that she had the disease, but since her first diagnosis, I’ve been raising money for Breast Cancer Now in all kinds of ways.”

He gave Charles some scented candles and tie-dye bags for his wife Camilla and daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The prince also met long-term fundraiser Audrey Phillips, 78, of Stanmore, who founded the Wembley Fundraising Group in 1997.

During his visit, Charles met 11-year-old fundraiser Oscar Coulson-Starley of Faversham, Kent, and joked,

During his visit, Charles met 11-year-old fundraiser Oscar Coulson-Starley of Faversham, Kent, and joked, “Shouldn’t you be in school?”

The schoolboy raised £ 1,850 for charity by making jewelry and tie-dye bags.  Pictured, Prince Charles meets Oscar Coulson-Starley, 11, and mom Danni Starley, 45

The schoolboy raised £ 1,850 for charity by making jewelry and tie-dye bags. Pictured, Prince Charles meets Oscar Coulson-Starley, 11, and mom Danni Starley, 45

The prince also met Stanmore's long-term fundraiser Audrey Phillips, 78, who founded the Wembley Fundraising Group in 1997 (pictured)

The prince also met Stanmore’s long-term fundraiser Audrey Phillips, 78, who founded the Wembley Fundraising Group in 1997 (pictured)

Prince of Wales meets Stanmore's Audrey Phillips on a visit to Breast Cancer Now's Toby Robins Research Center

Prince of Wales meets Stanmore’s Audrey Phillips on a visit to Breast Cancer Now’s Toby Robins Research Center

Baroness Delyth Morgan, CEO of Breast Cancer Now, said: “ I was extremely proud to share with His Royal Highness the world-class research breakthroughs we have achieved in the 21 years since he officially opened the Research Center – all made possible thanks to the efforts of our great fundraisers.

‘Our work has been significantly impacted by the pandemic – our researchers lost 230,000 hours in labs in the UK in the first wave, and we took a hit on our fundraising earnings, meaning we are now less able to fund new science .

“All along with delays in diagnosis and disruptions in breast cancer care.”

Every year 55,000 women and 370 men in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Professor Andrew Tutt, director of the Fulham Road research center, added: “Everything that is taking place here is aimed at helping women with breast cancer or those at risk for the disease live longer and with a better quality of life.”

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