In Memory of Richard Sullivan

In Memory of Richard Sullivan

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our friend and patron Richard Sullivan.

Richard was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Brain Tumour in December 2021 after suffering a seizure and tragically passed away on 4th March 2024, after an incredibly brave and dignified fight against this cruel illness. The treatment of glioblastoma has not changed in 20 years and its outcomes have not improved in 30 years, yet brain tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer.

In Memory of Richard Sullivan

An inspirational man, he decided to set up a charitable initiative, project21forlife in appreciation of the outstanding treatment provided by the surgeons at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. Despite undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Richard was determined to make a difference and project21forlife has raised over £75,000 for the John King Brain Tumour Foundation.

During his time on the busy neurosurgical ward at St. George’s, Richard found peace and tranquillity sitting in the McKissock Ward roof garden, which the John King Brain Tumour Foundation maintain. He was inspired to support our charity and raise funds and project manage the creating of a ‘Forest in the Sky’ roof garden adjacent to the Neuro ICU ward to provide a restful space for critical care patients, carers and loved ones who are all coping with the impact of extremely difficult and traumatic circumstances.

In Memory of Richard Sullivan

Richard was passionate about this project as he knew first hand that there was something about the natural world that helps us find peace. Whenever he was in the McKissock garden, he would say….

In Memory of Richard Sullivan

“I know spending time in a beautiful hospital garden isn’t going to cure my cancer but it helps me realise my surgery has given me another chance at life – I’m committed to making the most of my time here.”

With Richard’s advanced construction skills, guidance and fundraising the ‘Forest in the Sky’ Garden will be completed in 2024.

Richard was a much-loved father, husband, brother and friend and project21 is a lasting legacy for such a wonderful man. We will all miss him more than words can express.

Project21forLife will be hosting a fundraising evening at the fabulous Swan gastro pub in Esher on Thursday 12th September at 6.30pm in memory of Richard. Guests will enjoy an evening of dining alfresco on the beautiful garden terrace and enjoying delicious Tapas and Paella. You will also hear from some inspirational speakers and a raffle and live auction.

Tickets are £55 per guest and you can register your interest by contacting Alison Houghton at or 07931 316278

Alternatively you can make a donation to project21forlife HERE

Your support or donation will make a real impact on the lives of others, – now and for generations to come.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.