Syncona Charities

Syncona makes a significant charitable donation to charities each year, much of which supports the healthcare space in recognition of our vision to deliver transformational treatments to patients. This charitable donation is equivalent of 0.3 per cent of the Net Asset Value of Syncona, valued monthly, with a commitment that we will donate at least £4.75 million each year in the financial years 2017 and 2018.

Half of the donation is paid to the Institute of Cancer Research, which the Company has supported since BACIT’s inception in 2012, and half is donated to The BACIT Foundation (registered charity no.1149202), which distributes funds to charities in the area of life science and health care. Its charitable objectives are:

  • To support the prevention, treatment, cure and ultimately the eradication of cancer in all of its forms and any allied diseases;
  • To promote and assist:
    • the study of and research into the nature, causes, diagnosis and pathology of cancer and any allied diseases;
    • the development and provision of all forms of preventive, curative, management and palliative treatment of cancer and any allied diseases;
    • education and training in subjects relevant to the study of cancer and any allied diseases;
  • To co-operate with, and promote and assist the work of, the ICR and, or alternatively, such other charitable organisations whose objects include any of those above as The BACIT Foundation may determine in addition to or in substitution for the ICR; and
  • To promote and assist such other charitable objects and charitable organisations as The BACIT Foundation may from time to time consider desirable.

The current beneficiaries of The BACIT Foundation are:

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity specialising in finding preventions, causes, treatments and a cure for dementia by funding world-class, pioneering research at leading universities.

Alzheimer's Research UK newsletter


Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They provide information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

Alzheimer's Society newsletter - 2


Alzheimer's Society newsletter


Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer is here to raise the alarm for a disease that takes more than people’s health – it takes their dignity. Founded in 1999, they do all it takes to fight for life. They provide a lifeline of emotional and practical support, from the fear of first diagnosis to the trials of treatment. They work with individuals, local communities, medical professionals, and Government, helping raise public awareness and improve early diagnosis of the disease. They are determined to push our society beyond the discomfort and awkwardness of bowel cancer, into a new era of open progress.

Beating Bowel Cancer newsletter - 3


Beating Bowel Cancer newsletter - 2


Beating Bowel Cancer newsletter


Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust

Founded in 2003, Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust is the first registered charity in the UK dedicated solely to supporting people affected by thyroid cancer. Working alongside an expert medical multi-disciplinary team and Cancer Research UK, they can ensure access to the very best support for their members.

Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust newsletter


Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research and whose vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In 2015/16, CRUK committed a total of £432 million to cancer research projects and is the world’s largest independent supporter of cancer research.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. They provide face-to-face bereavement support for children and families at a growing number of locations across the country; they provide specialised training, resources and information for schools; and every year they train more than 8000 professionals to help them better meet the needs of grieving families.

Child Bereavement UK newsletter


Cure Leukaemia

Cure Leukaemia helps connect blood cancer patients with pioneering drug and transplant treatments. The charity helps finance the internationally renowned Centre for Clinical Haematology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, to fund life-saving clinical trials to treat patients that have exhausted standard treatment options. Cure Leukaemia recently launched a £1 million Appeal to fund a transformational expansion of the Centre, which will double its capacity for patients, world first clinical trials and specialist research nurse positions. Not only will the expanded Centre help save more lives but also hasten global progress towards finding effective treatments for all blood cancers within 25 years.

Downside Up

Downside Up provides support and advice for families raising children with Down Syndrome, develops innovative children’s training and parents’ support methods, disseminates knowledge and experience among Russian professionals and society, and works towards raising public awareness about Down Syndrome with the aim of changing attitudes.

Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to stopping sight loss by funding pioneering eye research. With programmes at leading universities and hospitals the charity aims to prevent, treat and reverse the sight loss caused by a wide range of different diseases and conditions.



JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is a charitable organisation committed to eradicating type 1 diabetes. JDRF funds world-class research to cure, treat and prevent the chronic condition while giving support and a voice to those affected including children, adults and their families.


Maggie’s is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care. Maggie’s runs centres where people are welcome at any time, from having just being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post-treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie is for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. They offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left. Their nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Their hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care. Marie Curie also support people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.


The NSPCC are the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.


Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, they’ll be here. They provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. They raise awareness of the issues that matter. And with your support, they’ll keep driving change across society until this country is great for everyone.


SSAFA is one of the UK’s leading armed forces charities. It provides practical, financial and emotional support to anyone who is currently serving or has served in the Army, Navy or RAF, and their families, and has been running for over 125 years.

Supporting Wounded Veterans

Supporting Wounded Veterans’ aim is autonomy and independence, employment and meaningful occupation, for wounded, mainly ex Iraq and Afghanistan, campaign veterans, via skihabilitation, mentoring, a specific pain management programme in partnership with King Edward VII hospital in London, and with support into employment.

The Egmont Trust

The Egmont Trust works to improve the lives of children and families affected by HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting local, dedicated organisations driving local, cost-effective solutions.

The Institute of Cancer Research

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. Today, the ICR is ranked as the UK’s leading academic research centre, and leads the world in isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment. The ICR employs leading scientists from over 50 countries around the world and since 2005 alone, 20 drug development candidates have been discovered based on ICR research, 9 of which have progressed into phase 1 clinical trials or beyond. The ICR has charitable status and relies on support from partner organisations, charities and donors to fund its research and innovation.

The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund

The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund was set up by James’s parents to help raise awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide among young people and to tackle the terrible and shocking statistic that suicide is the second largest cause of death amongst young men in the UK.

The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund newsletter


The Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care

The Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care is intended to be a world-class centre of research, teaching and practice in palliative care for children and young people.

The Rwanda Hope Foundation

The Rwanda Hope Foundation (RHF) represents a new approach to fighting poverty. Through enterprise education programmes and a revolving debt/equity fund, RHF helps local Rwandan entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs to grow their SMEs. Donations to RHF ( are made to Prism the Gift Fund for onward transmission by it to RHF. (

Women for Women International

Women for Women International helps women in countries affected by conflict and war to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Since 1993, it has supported more than 450,000 women across eight countries earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support.

Women for Women International newsletter - 3


Women for Women International newsletter - 2


Women for Women International newsletter


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