George Walker Appeal


Thank you for choosing to support the North East Promenaders Against Cancer through the George Walker non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Appeal


It is reported that Cancer will now affect 1 in 3 people during their lifetime. This is a frightening statement which we cannot afford to ignore.


In 1988, when George was first diagnosed with non- Hodgkin's lymphoma, the shock was unbelievable for him and devastating for us his family. With the dedication of the medical team and their treatments each year at the RVI, Newcastle, George was able to fight his battle and lead an almost normal life for some 13 years. It was in the early years when he was bravely undergoing treatments that he perceived the concept of raising much needed additional funding through music. With the help in particular of his long standing friend and opera singer, Benjamin Luxon CBE, the North East Last Night of the Proms was created and NEPAC was born.


In addition to financial support through music, George also recognised the need for moral support for other cancer sufferers and he immediately tried to pass on to others the benefits which he had received, namely, to give hope where hope did not exist. This was mainly achieved through publication of his two books. The first "Cancer is only a Word" catalogued his experiences in a reader-friendly way and inspired others to address their cancer in the same positive spirit. His second book "One Lump or Two?" continued in the same vein clearly demonstrating how a full and active life can still be enjoyed.


Non- Hodgkin's Lymphoma affects both the young and the old, so please help us to financially support our local research team to continue their very important (and successful) work of improving treatments and enabling others to have the all important extra years that George and his family enjoyed, and for which they were so very grateful.


With this in mind, the George Walker Appeal was launched in 2002 to create a George Walker Research Fellowship into non- Hodgkin's Lymphoma in the Newcastle University Medical School.  It was envisaged that, in order to achieve an appropriate level of funding, signed Banker's Orders from at least 300 subscribers each donating £4 per month would be needed. Many signed up to donate and a substantial amount of research money has been raised.  This allowed the first George Walker Research Fellow to be appointed in 2011 and currently we are funding four researchers in the Newcastle University Medical School.


If you are willing to make regular payments to support this Appeal, then please complete the Banker's Mandate appeal form by downloading the PDF file, Appeal Form, specifying the regular amount you wish to pay and forward it to us at:



Bainbridge House

379 Stamfordham Road

Newcastle upon Tyne