The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

Virginia Bates

When Ralph was diagnosed as having cancer of the pancreas, I was told that nothing could be done and he only had between six and eight weeks left to live.

He was 50 years old, playing in the West End with a movie lined up for the autumn….he and our 13 year old son, William, had enjoyed the summer together messing about in boats and he’d spent many evenings with Daisy, our daughter, helping her with lines for the TV series, “Forever Green”.

I couldn’t believe this was happening to my family….surely it wasn’t true, something could be done.

But it couldn’t. And in spite of the tremendous care at the Royal Masonic Hospital, the predictions were correct. Ten weeks and one day later, Ralph died”

Virginia Bates - Ralph Bates Wife