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McKissock Garden

We've given the McKissock Ward roof garden a new lease of life. 

The Zeiss Microscope

The Zeiss Microscope is a pioneering diagnosis tool used over 1,200 times a year.

Explore how we've helped brain tumour patients

Our fundraising events and your generous donations have made a tangible difference in the fight against brain diseases and brain related conditions. Read about our projects and discover how we're saving lives with your help.


McKissock Garden Regeneration

McKissock Ward, Atkinson Morley Wing, St.George's Hospital

During John’s treatment, we discovered the roof gardens for neurological patients outside McKissock Ward. The famous Brain Surgeon Henry Marsh CBE commissioned the gardens to help with patient recovery however following Henry's retirement in 2015 the garden was in serious need of some TLC.


With the agreement of the hospital the John King Brain Tumour Foundation has adopted the garden and and thanks to a team of friends and charitable donations , it has been transformed into an oasis where patients and their families can escape the hospital and see the sky, surrounded by trees and growing plants all full of life.


I found life on the ward extremely noisy, bright and exhausting thus was delighted when I discovered the roof garden. It brought me great joy at a time of great stress.
- Wendy Dutton (May 2019)

Zeiss Microscope 

February 2019, St.George's Hospital

The John King Brain Tumour Foundation is passionate about supporting the incredible work of Tim Jones, Neurosurgeon, St. George’s Hospital Trust, Tooting, London.

In February 2019 , our fundraising activities enabled us to purchase a £150,000 state-of-the-art Zeiss Pentero 900 surgical microscope, currently not available through NHS funding. The new Microscope enables surgeons to see further into the brain and thus be able to remove more of the tumour during surgery. Not only will this increase patients’ life spans but also help Tim Jones, the consultant neuro-surgeon at St. Georges, to provide training to his team.  The new equipment has a “teaching arm” which allows others to watch the surgery and learn during live operations. The new microscope will be used approximately 1,200 times a year in theatre and will not only help adults and children with brain tumours but also will be used for other paediatric and adult neurosurgery including spinal cord surgery, repairing ruptured blood vessels in the brain, brain tumour removal and repair of spinal bifida in children, trauma and many other conditions.

“This special microscope has a  long life and can be used for many neurosurgical conditions including glioblastoma. It has a potential working life of 20 years, it is going to have the potential to help thousands and thousands of patients.”
- Tim Jones, Lead Surgeon  

The success of this project has been reported on by the Evening Standard on 3rd April, 2018 - less than a year before we reached our funding goal for the microscope. Click here to read the article on the Evening Standard website.