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The Tim Bacon Foundation
Co-Founder and Chairman of Living Ventures, Tim Bacon sadly passed away in April 2016 following a long and inspirational battle initially with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and thereafter with advanced Melanoma.
Tim was always vibrant, forever inspiring and generous of mind and spirit. The businesses he led changed the face of Manchester’s restaurant scene and left his mark on friends, employees and customers alike.
With this in mind – Tim’s long-term business partner and friend, Jeremy Roberts has set up The Tim Bacon Foundation to celebrate Tim’ s life. The purpose of the foundation is to raise much needed funds for charitable causes close to Tim’s heart whilst creating an abiding legacy of hospitality, generosity and fun!
The incredible Christie Hospital in Manchester was important to Tim. He received much needed help and support from the hospital during his treatment and Living Ventures has supported the organization for many years.
So our first project is to support the new Proton Beam Therapy Centre. A true Innovation, It will be the first of its kind in the UK.
Proton beam therapy is a specialist form of radiotherapy which can very precisely target certain cancers, increasing success rates and reducing side-effects. Its introduction to the UK will bring treatment closer to patients, mostly children with brain tumours, who are currently sent abroad for treatment, usually to the USA or Switzerland.
Maggies Centres provide much needed free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends and is a key partner for the clinical services of the Christie Hospital. As such we are delighted to be partnering with them on this project.
The Christie Proton Therapy Centre will open its doors in summer 2018, with a second planned for 2019 at University College London. Capacity the two centres will be able to treat up to 1,500 patients every year. This will dramatically increase the numbers of patients that are treated with this therapy, but also improve the experience of those that would normally have to go abroad.