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Photo of Ralph bates in the film Frankenstain (1970)

Ralph as he appeared in the film ”The Horror of Frankenstein” (1970), where he played Frankenstein.

The Ralph Bates Fund was set up in January 1992 following the death of actor Ralph Bates, who starred in films such as “Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde” and the BBC TV series “Poldark” and “Dear John”.

At the time, Virginia Bates his wife, said; “When Ralph was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas, I was told that nothing could be done and he only had between six and eight weeks to live.

He was 50 years old, playing in London’s West End, with a movie planned for the autumn….he and our 13 year old son, William, had enjoyed the summer 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. Ten weeks and one day later, Ralph died”.

Our Fund finances research into causes, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer mainly at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. Our research teams feel that they are now making progress in the fight against a terrible illness.

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