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Guy's surgeon's special gift

08.08.16 Categories: Cancer Centre Appeal, News from the hospital, Patient stories, Staff stories, Supporter stories,

Former student and staff member of Guy’s Hospital, the late John Taylor, has left a very generous gift from his estate towards the new Cancer Centre.

John graduated from Guy’s in 1977 with a degree in Medicine. He went on to have a long career at the hospital as a surgeon.

John was diagnosed with cancer and was treated in the same hospital he’d studied and worked. Sadly, John’s cancer was terminal and he died in 2014.

John left the incredible gift of £550,000 to Guy’s. His amazing generosity has contributed to the development of the Cancer Centre, as well as vital tools for cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring.

Before he died, John said, ‘My happiest memory was the pride of being a student at Guy’s Hospital Medical School. I wanted to recognise the outstanding clinical education I received, based in facilities that were, in the main, constructed through the philanthropy of others over 300 years’.

Our new Cancer Centre at Guy’s opens this autumn. The Centre will use the latest technology to treat around 6,500 cancer patients each year. It will deliver most of Guy’s and St Thomas’ cancer treatment, meaning that patients can be provided with seamless care in one location.

As a mark of recognition of John’s gift, an imaging room on the fourth floor of the Cancer Centre will be named after him.

‘I am very proud of my brother, who was very quiet and unassuming,’ says John’s sister, Jackie, ‘To have his name engraved at the Cancer Centre means a lot to me and the family.’

It’s thanks to wonderful donors like John, and many others, that the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s will be opening its doors in 2016. You can help support the ongoing world-class cancer care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ – here are the many ways that you can get involved. 

Leaving a gift in your will, whatever the size, can make a difference to staff and patients for years to come. Find out more about leaving a legacy gift to Guy’s and St Thomas’.