In 1943 Tenovus Cancer Care was founded by 10 local businessmen supporting a friend in need. Over the years, Tenovus Cancer Care has grown and changed, but some things have remained constant.
We continue to care about our community and being there for cancer patients when and where they need us most. We care about finding a cure by funding vital research, and about preventing cancer in the first place. We care about doing this where it matters most; in the heart of the community. This is what is at the heart of Tenovus Cancer Care today.
How Tenovus Cancer Care began
It all began with a sense of community, a generous gesture and an act of goodwill.
Alongside lifesaving research and launching innovative support services to cancer patients and their loved ones, Tenovus Cancer Care has never lost the values established by our founders in 1943.
It all started with a disruptive radio
On an August day in 1943, Cardiff-based haulage contractor Eddie Price was unloading machinery when one of the heavy lathes fell on him. He was badly injured and was rushed to Cardiff Royal Infirmary Hospital.
Before the accident, Eddie had come to the rescue of local businessman, David Edwards, when he ran out of petrol. David wanted to say thanks to the stranger for the kindness he’d shown him, so he sought out Eddie, but was troubled to hear that he was seriously injured in hospital. It’s recorded that David said to his wife:
“This chap did me a good turn, now I’m going to return the favour.”
David Edwards was an influential businessman and managed to get five of the best medical specialists to Eddie’s bedside. Even with this crack team of doctors looking after him, Eddie still took three months to recover.
Friends of Eddie Price visited him in hospital regularly, and one of them brought in a portable radio to help keep the patient entertained. In true 40s nursing style, the ward sister banned it for being too disruptive!
While in hospital David (DR) Edwards and other friends of Eddie’s started to meet around his bedside, and when Eddie had recovered, the group wanted to show their appreciation for the care he’d been given. DR recalled: