The family of a boy who was diagnosed with cancer aged two is raising money for a planned children's hospital in Cambridge.

Max Rowlandson from Saffron Walden is now 13 and cancer-free.

His family wants to raise money to help build a dedicated children's hospital which will care for children throughout East Anglia in the future.

To do this, 'Team Max' will hold an online auction in November.

Team Max is calling on businesses to donate toys, gifts, tickets or experiences for the event which runs from November 7-14.

Jodie Rowlandson, Max's mum, said: "A dedicated children's hospital was a pipe dream for us.

"There were many occasions where we would go and there would be no room on the specialist ward."

This month, two NHS foundation trusts and the University of Cambridge submitted a design to Cambridge City Council for a specialist hospital.

They are trying to fund the project using government and in-community funding.

Jodie said: "We are looking for donations of new items to help the hospital team out.

"We have had lots of businesses support us already but we are still looking for more big or small items for our auction."

Businesses can discuss submissions by messaging the Team Max Facebook page (

Max's cancer-beating story inspired film director Richard Prendergast to produce his 2021 film Maximus, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Richard said: "The Rowlandsons continue to be inspirational.

"Looking at Max's story, I realised we are really lucky to live in this country where we've got these amazing people - nurses and doctors - who can fix other people.

"But we always need quality research and care spaces, so I wish Team Max luck with the fundraising campaign."

Graham Downham, who oversees capital campaigns at Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, said: "Team Max has been a phenomenal supporter of the Children’s Cancer Ward at Addenbrooke’s, raising funds to make care for children even better.

"We are fundraising £100 million to support the new hospital, through a community of supporters who share our vision."

Team Max is also fundraising online: