Tom Simms was an ordinary man from Carrickfergus who wanted to do something inspirational.

So when he underwent treatment at the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, and after discussing his wishes with his family, he did something extraordinary. He left £2m to Queen’s — one of the largest legacies ever received.

This hugely generous donation supports clinical cancer research. It is enabling our researchers to develop individualised treatments which will have higher cure rates, longer survival times, fewer side effects and provide a better quality of life for patients. 


Legacy Manager at Queen’s, Susan Wilson says, 

 “Tom’s gift is deeply appreciated and truly exceptional. It has been instrumental in improving the level of treatment and care of our local patients. Legacies of all sizes make a great difference.

For example, a recent gift of £500 enabled our researchers to purchase equipment which led to a breakthrough in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

The charitable support we receive is critical. It means we are able to attract world-class researchers and secure the infrastructure and facilities for us to study, prevent and treat diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and asthma, infectious diseases, vision-related conditions and dementia. And we understand that the causes closest to your heart are often personal, which is why you can choose to leave a legacy to the area of research or education that means the most to you.” 

(Pictured: the Simms family with some of the Simms research team)


To receive a legacy information pack from Queen’s Foundation please contact:

Phone: +44(0) 28 9097 3162


Leave a Reply