A group of families got together who had all experienced having a child with cancer. Some parents had lost children, while others were grateful that their children had overcome disease. Their aim was to fund a researcher in the region to focus on childhood cancer, as at the time there were none in the North East. The photo is of a plaque on a bench which sits outside the RVI hospital in Newcastle, with names of the founding families and children.
Around this time Professor Sir Alan Craft, a key figure in paediatric oncology, became involved with research into childhood cancer and NECCR. When a colleague at the Royal Victoria Infirmary went on maternity leave in the 1970s, Craft stood in to look after the children with leukaemia, which started his road to specialising in paediatric oncology, a field that at the time was relatively new. He helped shape the charity over the first 30 years, as well as set up and direct a world-leading oncology service for the North of England.