Our new unit which opened in September 2013 at Southampton General Hospital, supporting young people across Guernsey, Jersey, Hampshire, Dorset, IoW and South Wiltshire.
The unit has 6 en suite bedrooms (with pull out beds for parents or friends to stay the night) and a 4 bed day treatment room. There is a large social room where patients can mix with other patients their own age, maybe play pool, listen to music or just chat. There is also a parent kitchen and lounge, to give parents some time to themselves while meeting other parents.
The unit is the first in the area and is treating young cancer patients between the ages of 16 – 24 years old, from Hampshire, the Channel Islands, Dorset, Isle of Wight and South Wiltshire.
A group of former and current young cancer patients worked with the hospital architect to advise on the design and colour themes and what furniture and entertainment equipment should be included to ensure that the particular needs of teenagers and young adults were met.
Louise Hooker, Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust comments: “I know our patients will really benefit from the Teenage Cancer Trust unit, so that they can receive treatment alongside people their own age in an environment that has been specifically designed for them. The Teenage and Young Adult cancer care team based in Southampton help young people and their families across the region to face the challenges of cancer. The magnificent support from the local communities for the Teenage Cancer Trust appeal shows just how much they want to help them too.”
Charlotte Adams, 20, from Bordon, Hampshire, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was 13 and was treated on a children’s ward. “Being a teenager going through cancer is very hard to understand. You are not a child therefore you know exactly what is going on and you know it’s not a nice situation. When I was going through my treatment I didn’t have any teenage facilities, I was put on a children’s ward which was full of babies and young children. The alternative was a ward full of adults. These were my only options. Not having a Teenage Cancer Trust unit meant I never got the chance to speak to anyone my age who was going through the same things as me and so I always felt I was the only one and I was on my own.”
“Fortunately I have a very supportive family and close group of friends who helped me through everything and listened to me. A lot of people may not have this and therefore by being on a ward especially for teenagers and in the same situation would really help them to come to terms with what they are going through and show them they are not alone.”
To build the unit, Teenage Cancer Trust has been running an appeal to raise £2.4 million. The local community, businesses, schools, colleges and families have responded incredibly. Now the unit is opened we continue to fundraise locally to support the maintenance and services it provides as well as our other work supporting young people, such as our free cancer awareness talks in Schools and colleges. So we would really appreciate our wonderful supporters to stay with us - together we can provide the very best possible support to teenage and young adult cancer patients here in the South.
Up and coming
What's coming up in Guernsey...
3 Cities Challenge
A team from Guernsey are busy preparing for the 3 Cities challenge (London, Amsterdam and Brussels) in May 2014 and are promoting their event with static bike rides and holding cake sales. The team are Amanda Hobart, Bob Banfield, Clare Cooper, Julie de la Mare, Regina Luxon and Michelle Bewey. Check out their justgiving page to see how they are getting on with this fantastic effort.
Dream Car Lottery
Fancy driving away in car of your dreams? Then why not purchase one of the 4000 tickets at £75 from the Dream Car Lottery fund for this fantastic prize draw to support The Guernsey Teenage Cancer Trust appeal and The Lords Taverners Guernsey. Once you have purchased you will be entered into a fabulous prize draw where the winner will win their very own Super Car - a McLaren MP4-12C and your first years Insurance. This really is an opportunity not to be missed! The draw is set to take place on Friday 14th February 2014. There are also two lucky runner- up prizes of a Ladies Christian Dior Watch and a voucher for a Super Car Driving Experience which includes hotel and flights to the UK. For more info please go to www.dream-car-lottery.com
What's been going on in Guernsey...
A luxurious Afternoon Tea was held at the Duke of Richmond Hotel on Saturday 16th March in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey Appeal and raised and incredible £6,000 towards the building of the new Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Southampton General Hospital. The event was an immediate sell out with over 200 guests enjoying the entertainment provided by Paul Tongs playing the piano and guests indulging in generous portions of Champagne, tea, sandwiches and cakes.
Having held a successful Afternoon Tea as their first ever Guernsey fundraising event in 2011 the local committee wanted to do it again, this time bigger and better. As well as 25 raffles prizes, generously donated by various local companies and retailers, there was a prize draw for two return flights to Jersey and indulgences such as Sweet Petite Cup Cakes, Energetix Jewellery, Paul Gosling Equilibrium Massage and Jane Fears and The College of Further Education Beauty Students to sample.
‘The raffle was a great success and we want to thank everyone who donated so generously to provide such fantastic prizes, as well as those who gave up their time to make this event the success it was. A big thank you goes to the Duke of Richmond for a first class service’ said Anne Ruddy, Vice Chair.
‘This year’s turn out is testament of the fantastic support the charity has gained locally. An amazing £270,000 has been raised since launching the charity in Guernsey in 2011, fully highlighting the incredible generosity of the people of Guernsey. Without the support of the local community such a massive and important contribution to the building of the new Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Southampton General Hospital, which is where all teenagers and young adults suffering with cancer from Guernsey go to receive their off-island treatments, would not be possible’.
Speeches by Jay Aylmer, Chairman of the local committee and Linda Trew, from Teenage Cancer Trust UK, touched everyone present and were an inspiration to many in terms of what they can do to support the charity.
Special thanks to Leapfrog Recruitment Consultants who sponsored the event.
‘Leapfrog Recruitment are privileged to be partnering such an extremely important charity as it highlights a cause that will touch many people locally’ said Chris Gnapp, MD of Leapfrog.
‘Teenage Cancer Trust provides much needed support and this event has been a huge inspiration for us to continue working with the charity. It was fantastic to see such a brilliant turn out for the Afternoon Tea and to see firsthand how well received it was’ said Laura Goguelin, Associate Director at Leapfrog.
Lancresse Golf Club Captain's Drive In
Sunday 6 January was the annual Captains Drive In at Lancresse Golf Club and newly elected captain Tony Blondel asked Stephanie Ballay aged 13, fellow golfer and young cancer survivor, if she would like to nominate a charity to receive the days proceeds. She chose the Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey Appeal and a sum of £ 698.00 was raised during the day. Stephanie very bravely gave a short, but emotive, speech about the charity to a packed clubhouse.
Companies working with us to raise money for the Guernsey appeal.
Special thanks to Carey Olsen who have been and continue to be incredibly supportive of the Guernsey Appeal through staff support and donations towards improving the lives and young people in Guernsey whose lives are turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis.
The Potting Shed Design and Advertising are also a great supporter of our Guernsey Appeal.
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