Teenage Cancer Trust's South West Appeal is aiming to raise £2.5 million to fund and build the region's first dedicated unit for 16-24 year olds with cancer. The unit has been designed to be as close as possible to a young person’s normal life and will include both in-patient and out-patient floors complete with en-suite bedrooms, social areas, a kitchen and dining area, quiet rooms and consulting rooms.
For the first time young people with cancer in the South West will be able to be treated together and have access to the very best specialist care and support that they need in an environment tailored to their needs.
Our work is only made possible by fundraising and we rely on the generous support of individuals, companies, schools and community groups.
Scroll down the page to find out more about the unit, our appeal and how you can get involved.
Jurassic Coast Challenge
Saturday 24th May 2014
Join us for Teenage Cancer Trust’s first ever South West Challenge, and trek along the South West Coastal Path, to raise vital funds for the South West Appeal!
To find out everything you need to know about this exciting event, please click here
Download our fundraising guide for the South West here.
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South West Appeal reaches £2.3 million!
We are delighted to announce we have now raised an incredible £2.3 million towards the new unit.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our appeal so far. This means we now have just a further £200,000 left to raise to achieve our £2.5 million target so that the unit can open later this year.
Can you help us reach our goal? Why not join our Jurassic Coast Walk, to find out more please click here.
Or you could take on the Thousand Pound Challenge! To find how you can get involved click here.
Plymouth Half Marathon, 27th April 2014
Join our team for this much-celebrated traffic-free road race, which takes in all that is great about Plymouth and sees runners returning year after year!
Gold Bond places are available now, please click here to find out more and sign up.
10th Forget Me Not Ball - 11th October 2014
We're delighted to announce that the annual Forget Me Not Ball at the Thistle Hotel in Cheltenham, will again be held in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and also this year CLIC Sargent.
The Black Tie do includes a three course meal, and this year will be held on Saturday 11th October.
The Ball originally started back in 2004 when Charlotte Wilson and her sister, who was suffering from breast cancer, wanted to raise some money for those who had provided support during her illness. Unfortunately she was too ill to help out the following year so Izzi Street took over.
We'd like to thank Charlotte and Izzi (pictured at the 2013 ball) for their continued support.
For more information and to get tickets for this years event, please email [email protected].
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Congratulations to Team Teenage Cancer Trust for completing the Bath Half Marathon!
Over 70 of you completed the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd March, making up Teenage Cancer Trust’s biggest ever team! Despite the wet weather you all did brilliantly and we were there to cheer you on every step of the way. Well done and thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into your training and fundraising.
Here’s a photo of some of the team before they set off for the race!
Residents of Mill Crescent Raise £2,511.67 at Christmas Lights Display
Families living in Mill Crescent in the village of Westerleigh, South Gloucestershire, once again organised their annual Christmas lights display, this year raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust’s South West Appeal.
Over thirty homes in the road were covered with lights and decorations, drawing visitors from all around. Young resident Reece Packer kindly suggested Teenage Cancer Trust should benefit from the donations this year, as we supported his friend Jordan Thorn before he died from rare form of cancer in 2010.
Teenage Cancer Trust would like to say a huge thank you to Reece and his mum, Jordan’s family, all residents of Mill Crescent and of course, the generous visitors who donated an incredible £2,511.67 towards our appeal.
Here is regional fundraiser Laura Scowen collecting the cheque from Reece and other residents at the New Inn pub.
Ella’s Fund reaches £100,000 mark!
The Ella Redman Fund has now raised over £102,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust’s South West Appeal in just ten months. The incredible achievements of Ella’s friends and family, who have organised numerous fundraising activities in her memory, came to a head in early November with ‘Party for Ella’, an evening to celebrate Ella’s life, which raised over £22,000 in one evening.
Pictured here are Ella’s mum Jo, with her brothers Bob, Andy and Jim who have lead the fundraising efforts in Ella’s memory.
Huge thanks to everyone who has supported Ella’s Fund, and made such a significant contribution towards realising Ella’s dream of building a Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Bristol.
Tommy Burroughs from Chippenham raises over £3,000 in support of friend
When Tommy Burroughs found out that his friend Ben Connolly had been diagnosed with Leukaemia late last year, he wanted to help him and his family.
Tommy says 'I want to show my support for Ben and to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust who support young victims like Ben'.
Tommy had all his hair shaved off (and his legs waxed!) at an event at his school, and has raised over £3,000 so far from his school community, friends and family.
To donate to Tommy's page please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/BenConollyAppeal
An evening of live music at The Louisiana, Bristol raises over £2,000
Long time supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust, Daniella Lipscombe took part in our £1,000 Challenge by organising a gig in January in Bristol in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
The night was a sell out and raised over £2,000, doubling what she hoped to raise when you took on the challenge.
We would like to thank Daniella and all the bands that gave their time to make this night such a great success.
Jacquie Conn and her friend Sandy Williamson finish their cycling challenge in Tanzania and raise £9,000
It took the 46 cyclist 5 days and they covered nearly 400km from Moshi at the foot of Kilimanjaro to the Ngorongoro crater in searing heat and difficult off-road terrain. Sandy and Jacquie rode to support Teenage Cancer Trust's South West Appeal. Here, Jacquie explains why ‘I have two teenage sons and Sandy has a teenage daughter and son and our homes are always full of young people. Being a teenager has its own challenges, and to discover you have cancer at this stage of life must be very frightening as you are old enough to understand the full implications of the disease at a time you assumed you had your whole life ahead of you.
Until the age of 16 a teenager is likely to be treated in a paediatric ward alongside children. After turning 16, the same teenager would end up in an adult ward with elderly patients. One minute life’s about music, clothes, computer games, college and hanging out with mates. The next minute life is on hold and they’re in a hospital ward with no-one their age and feeling very isolated.
The South West is one of the last places in the UK to have a Teenage Cancer Trust unit and we wanted to help make it happen.'
Massive thanks to Jacquie and Sandy (pictured in their Teenage Cancer Trust vests) for all of their support.
Rotary Club of Midsomer Norton & Radstock raise £3,500 towards South West Appeal
Many thanks to the members of Midsomer Norton and Radstock Rotary Club, who have presented Teenage Cancer Trust with a very generous donation of £3,500 after President Rob Porter chose us as his charity for the year.
Here is Rob presenting the cheque to Regional Fundraiser Laura Scowen
Royal Agricultural University Raise £11,000 for South West Appeal
The RAG Committee, staff and students at the Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire have raised over £22,000 for charity and donated £11,178 of that to Teenage Cancer Trust’s South West Appeal.
The students raised the money through a variety of ways including their annual RAG Week, a car rally to Brighton, a tractor pull, dinner and auction and a club night. Huge thanks to all involved for their hard work and this generous gift towards our appeal.
Here are the students handing over the cheques to their chosen charities outside the university.
Charity Auction raises over £12,000
In September, Graeme and Rona Mellis hosted a charity auction night at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, in memory of their son Niall. They raised over £12,000 on the night and are donating half of this to the Teenage Cancer Trust South West Appeal. Graeme said 'the support given to Niall, Rona, myself and the Wells Cathedral School community by Teenage Cancer Trust was invaluable and helped us all get through such a terrible time'.
As a keen rugby player and a huge fan, Niall had collected some great rugby memorabilia, especially when he was ill, and the family felt it would be a good idea to auction this off in order to benefit those in a similar situation to Niall. From this idea the auction took off, and included further donations of items such as a signed 2013 British Lions training top from England's Matt Stevens, to a luxury Villa in Tuscany!
Niall is pictured just before his diagnosis, when he was in Sri Lanka on a charity trip working to support victims of the Tsunami.
We would like to thank Graeme and Rona and everyone involved with this fantastic event.
Nicola Organ Foundation donates £10,000 to Bristol build
Teenage Cancer Trust is delighted to announce that the Nicola Organ Foundation has made a gift of £10,000 towards the social space of the new Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Bristol.
The social space is an extremely important part of the new unit, as not only will it provide a much needed distraction from the day-to-day reality of cancer treatment, it also acts as a space where young people can share their experiences in a safe environment and support one another. Everyone at Teenage Cancer Trust would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the supporters and trustees of the Nicola Organ Foundation for their extremely generous gift.
For more information about the foundation, which was set up in memory of Nicola by her mother, Beverley, please visit www.nicolaorganfoundation.co.uk
Here are the trustees of the Nicola Organ Foundation presenting the cheque at the construction site of the new unit. Pictured L-R are Will Marfell, Project Leader for Laing O’Rourke who are constructing the unit; Beverley Organ, Founder of the Nicola Organ Foundation; Laura Scowen, Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust and Claire Wallis, Trustee of the Nicola Organ Foundation.
South West unit starts to take shape!
The first ever unit for 16 – 24 year olds with cancer in the South West is being built at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre and will be accessed by young people from across the region. The unit is designed to feel like a home from home and to be as close as possible to a young person’s normal life. It will be built over two floors, with one floor dedicated to in-patients featuring five en-suite rooms; a social area which includes a pool table, jukebox and gaming equipment; a quiet room, TV room, kitchen and dining space. The other floor will be for day patients and will feature three treatment pods, two consulting rooms, a procedure room and a social space which includes entertainment and gaming facilities, and a waiting area with a café. Scroll down for more exciting photos of the unit in development and artists impressions of what the finished unit will look like!
Jack Lisowski is a professional snooker player and an ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust. He knows a lot about how it feels to be a young cancer patient as he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 16. Originally from Cheltenham, Jack is supporting our appeal to build the first specialist cancer unit for young people living in the South West and explains in this short film how to get involved in our £1,000 challenge.
New ward at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
A brand new hospital ward, designed for 11 to 16 year olds with a variety of complex health issues including cancer, was opened on 12 December by University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
The home-from-home ward is unlike any other ward in the hospital thanks to our design expertise and the enhancements funded jointly by ourselves and Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.
The new ward, known as Ward 35, has been built as part of the work to extend the children’s hospital to accommodate services that will move from Frenchay Hospital in 2014. Six of the 14 beds will directly support young people with cancer.
To make the ward feel and look more like a home-from-home rather than a normal hospital ward, over £200,000 was donated jointly by Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal and Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s the first time we’ve worked together and is also a unique moment in our history of lending our design expertise from building specialist cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK to another development for young people.
Brendan McIntyre, Teenage Cancer Trust Service Development Manager for the South comments: “This is a special moment for Teenage Cancer Trust in the South West as it marks the first phase in a multi-million pound investment we are making in young people’s cancer services. Special thanks to all our supporters and in particular The Scott Williams Memorial Fund and Lady Wills who organised boutique music festival Langford Live, who have funded the Ward 35 enhancements.”
£100,000 grant from The John James Bristol Foundation
We are delighted to announce that The John James Bristol Foundation has awarded Teenage Cancer Trust a grant of £100,000 for the South West appeal.
The John James Bristol Foundation is a grant making trust which was established by the philanthropy of John James in December 1983. This very generous grant has helped us to make a huge stride forward in our aim to raise the final funds needed to build the new unit in Bristol.
For more information on The John James Bristol Foundation please click moreMore
Teenage Cancer Trust is delighted that the Bristol office of Bray Leino is supporting the South West Appeal. With everything from chilli-eating contests to bacon butty sales, they’re really throwing themselves into fundraising.
Thanks to all the team for their amazing support!More
Tony Pryce Retail
We're pleased to be working with Tony Pryce Retail Ltd, one of the largest independent sports retailers in the South West of England.
Trading since 1978 the company has steadily grown with outlets throughout South Wales, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. They've become known for specialising in equipment and footwear for the serious sports person, as well as carrying the latest trends for the fashion conscious.
Thanks to the staff and customers of Tony Pryce Retail for their support of our South West Appeal.
Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust
We are delighted to announce that Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust charity shops will be supporting Teenage Cancer Trust. Pop into one of the high street shops and grab a bargain, take along some of your unwanted items for sale, or volunteer at one of the shops.
The aim of the Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust Charity is the preservation of health and the relief of sickness in the community. It donates grants raised from the Daisychain Benevolent Fund chain of shops and general fundraising activities. The causes that they support do not operate their own charity shops due to resources, knowledge or written constitution. By working closely with the nominated causes they are able to make a positive additional contribution to the work of the organisations. Daisychain are very pleased to announce that from September 2013 this will now include the Teenage Cancer Trust Charity.
For more information and for the location of the shops click MOREMore