Team Max to hold fundraising auction for planned children's hospital

Max Rowlandson on the set of Maximus; Inset: The design for a proposed new children's hospital in Cambridge

Max Rowlandson on the set of Maximus; Inset: The design for a proposed new children's hospital in Cambridge - Credit: The Rowlandson Family/White Arkitekter and Hawkins\Brown

The family of a boy who was diagnosed with cancer aged two is raising money for a planned children's hospital in Cambridge.

Max Rowlandson from Saffron Walden is now 13 and cancer-free.

His family wants to raise money to help build a dedicated children's hospital which will care for children throughout East Anglia in the future.

To do this, 'Team Max' will hold an online auction in November.

Team Max is calling on businesses to donate toys, gifts, tickets or experiences for the event which runs from November 7-14.

Jodie Rowlandson, Max's mum, said: "A dedicated children's hospital was a pipe dream for us.

"There were many occasions where we would go and there would be no room on the specialist ward."

Max Rowlandson on the set of Maximus - a film about how he bravely fought off cancer

The story of how Max Rowlandson beat his leukaemia was transformed into a film, Maximus, shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021 - Credit: Rowlandson family

This month, two NHS foundation trusts and the University of Cambridge submitted a design to Cambridge City Council for a specialist hospital.

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They are trying to fund the project using government and in-community funding.

Jodie said: "We are looking for donations of new items to help the hospital team out.

"We have had lots of businesses support us already but we are still looking for more big or small items for our auction."

Businesses can discuss submissions by messaging the Team Max Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TeamMaxFundraising).

An artists' impression of the new Cambridge Children's Hospital

How a new Cambridge Children's Hospital could look - Credit: White Arkitekter and Hawkins\Brown

An artists' impression of the new Cambridge Children's Hospital

An artists' impression of the proposed Cambridge Children's Hospital - Credit: White Arkitekter and Hawkins\Brown

Max's cancer-beating story inspired film director Richard Prendergast to produce his 2021 film Maximus, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Richard said: "The Rowlandsons continue to be inspirational.

"Looking at Max's story, I realised we are really lucky to live in this country where we've got these amazing people - nurses and doctors - who can fix other people.

"But we always need quality research and care spaces, so I wish Team Max luck with the fundraising campaign."

Graham Downham, who oversees capital campaigns at Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, said: "Team Max has been a phenomenal supporter of the Children’s Cancer Ward at Addenbrooke’s, raising funds to make care for children even better.

"We are fundraising £100 million to support the new hospital, through a community of supporters who share our vision."

Team Max is also fundraising online: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teammaxauction

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