The 4Ed Foundation holds a special place in Mark’s heart due to his former teammate Ed Slater’s battle with MND (Motor Neuron Disease), while Hope for Tomorrow focuses on cancer care, a cause deeply personal to Mark as he lost his mother to cancer.
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Ed Slater, a talented second-row forward, graced the rugby fields as part of Leicester’s team from 2010 to 2017. Notably, he held the role of club captain during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. Following his tenure with Leicester, he continued his career with Gloucester Rugby, representing them from 2017 until an unexpected retirement in July 2022. Adored by the enthusiastic Kingsholm crowd, Ed earned four caps while playing for England.
At the age of 34, Ed Slater disclosed his Motor Neurone Disease (MND) diagnosis, prompting his immediate retirement from professional rugby. This news led to the inception of the 4Ed campaign, aimed at generating awareness and financial support for Ed and his family’s fight against this debilitating illness.
Hope for Tomorrow builds and provides mobile cancer care units for NHS trusts across England to allow them to treat cancer patients closer to where they live. The units allow the NHS to drive out to patients, saving them long, regular, and often disruptive journeys, to hospital for their cancer treatment.
With close to 70% of patients saying that they can tolerate their treatment better on a mobile cancer care unit and over half saying that it improved their chances of completing their full course of treatment, you can see how, with your support, we can really make a difference.