Did you know that around 7 young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every single day in the UK? It’s hard enough being a teenager these days, let alone being a teenager with cancer. This is where Teenage Cancer Trust’s hard work comes in.
For more than 24 years, the hard working team have learnt a lot about what it’s like to be a young person dealing with cancer. From the emotional needs to the physical and practical difficulties that come with the diagnosis, the wonderful team of staff and volunteers are inspired daily by the amazing young people who are treated at their units.
The charity was founded all the way back in 1990. Beforehand, there was no specialist cancer care unit for young people specifically within the NHS. Today however, there are 28 specialist units, 27 expert nurses and 23 youth support staff. They offer young people with cancer the very best care and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’
Teenage Cancer Trust is also fortunate to have a wide range of celebrity ambassadors. Here’s a small handful for you: model and presenter Abbey Clancy, Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, Dynamo the Magician and Kelly Jones, Welsh lead singer of the band Stereophonics.
The staff and volunteers are inspired on a daily basis by the amazing young people who are treated on the units. But for every young person they reach and support, there is another they cannot. With the support of amazing supporters, they are able to help improve the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer – but we can do more! We need to be able to reach and support every single young person with cancer.
The charity’s only unit in Wales is based at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and supports teenagers and young adults from the length and breadth of Wales by treating them in an environment that is specifically tailored to their needs.
Debbie Jones is the South Wales Regional Fundraising Manager for the Teenage Cancer Trust. She said, “It never ceases to amazing me the lengths that our supporters will go to help us raise much needed funds and awareness of our charity. Without them we simply wouldn’t exist. We rely entirely on voluntary donations to fund our services for young people with cancer and their families which is why it’s crucial that I do all that I can to help.
“I accidentally got into fundraising while working for a previous charity, 12 years on I wouldn’t change my job for the world. In my opinion it up there with one of the most rewarding and humbling jobs there are and would encourage anyone to volunteer and get involved with charities even if you can only give an hour of your time.
“If anyone would like to know a bit more about the charity, the work that we do in Wales or indeed would like to come and see out incredible unit please get in touch. My email address is email@example.com or call me on 07985 471 429.”