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.

“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.

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.

Greenhouse Sports uses the power of sport to help young people aged 11 -18 from across London to improve their life chances. They partner with schools in some of the poorest communities, providing high-quality sports coaches to run full-time coaching and mentoring programmes that empower and inspire young people growing up in disadvantage to reach their full potential. Since 2002, they have worked with over 40,000 young people.

Recently, they worked with Loughborough University researchers to scope the impact of their work and really understand what a Greenhouse Sports intervention can do. Early findings indicate engagement with Greenhouse Sports raises attendance and academic performance and improves mental and physical wellbeing in young people.

In April 2018  the Greenhouse Centre was built, a deconsecrated church in North Westminster that has been transformed into a flagship state-of-the-art sports centre. The Centre will be utilised by the local community and Greenhouse Sports participants all year round.

Seb has visited the centre of many occasions to see the work Greenhouse do first hand.

Seb chatting to primary school pupils enjoying the facilities at the newly opened Greenhouse Centre

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