In 2013, the Foundation was approached by Cancer Research UK to support the latter’s Create the Change Campaign by raising funds through various activities to help finance the building of the Francis Crick Institute.

Officially opened by The Queen in November 2016 the Crick is one of the most significant developments in UK biomedical science for a generation. It cost £650 million to build and Cancer Research UK is one of the funding partners.

More than 1,200 of the world’s best scientists are now working in the building and their goal is to understand the basic biology underlying human health. They are already finding ways to prevent and improve treatment of the most significant diseases affecting people today, including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s amongst many others. The Francis Crick Institute has created an environment that brings together the best minds with the best facilities. This will encourage collaboration and foster faster breakthroughs which will in turn accelerate progress and get life saving treatments to patients as quickly as possible. This will make an incredible difference to so many people’s lives across the world.

The £650 million project is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council, University College London, King’s College and Imperial College. Around 1,500 scientists are now based in a “centre of excellence”, with computer scientists, mathematicians and engineers working alongside biologists, chemists and physicists.

“They are not just creating a building.  This place can make history”, Seb Coe

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a neurological condition caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain.  A protein called tau builds up in certain areas of the brain and forms into clumps (neurofibrillary tangles), which are believed to damage the nerve cells.

Over a period of time this can lead to difficulties with balance, movement, vision, speech and swallowing.

There are no simple tests or brain scans for PSP. In its early stages, symptoms can resemble those of other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Stroke or Multiple System Atrophy and misdiagnosis is common.

Seb has a personal motive for helping with fundraising. His mother, Angela, died from PSP in 2005 at the age of 75, just a few weeks before Britain was awarded the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We are proud to tell you that at our In Conversation Lunch with Bernie Ecclestone in November 2018, we raised £50,000 towards the establishment of The Sebastian Coe Charitable Foundation Award.  This is a new fund to support the work of young researchers undertaking PSP work. The award will be international in scope, available to young researchers across the globe and will be announced at a special reception at the PSP International Symposium on 25th October 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

New opportunities

We are also looking for other worthwhile causes and charities to support. The Foundation plans to focus in the future on targeting support for specific initiatives fitting within our objectives to improve physical wellbeing of the nation through sport, health, education and science. Please email us at if you have any other ideas. We really do value your opinion.