Teenage Cancer Trust has some fantastic celebrity supporters who are all committed to helping us raise awareness of the charity and the issues affecting young people with cancer. They get involved in a number of ways, visiting patients on our units, taking part in fundraising events and supporting our awareness campaigns and regional appeals.
You Me At Six visit Nottingham unit
The chart-topping rock band took time to visit the young people on our unit at Nottingham City Hospital ahead of their gig that the Capital FM Arena that evening.
Josh Franceschi, frontman and lead vocalist of the band said: “We were all really keen to visit the unit and see the work Teenage Cancer Trust does first hand. It’s a brilliant charity and the unit was amazing, it doesn’t look like a hospital at all. It was great looking around and meeting the patients, they really are an inspiration.”
Shane Meadows and Mark Herbert's Teenage Cancer Trust Film
BAFTA winning writer/director and producer team Shane Meadows and Mark Herbert, recently revealed their latest project; a short film for Teenage Cancer Trust. Shane and Mark became involved in making the film after being inspired by the charity’s work last year. The film is an honest and hard-hitting glimpse into the lives of two young women, Ellie and Amy, who are both receiving treatment for cancer in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Nottingham.
The film will be screened for audiences each night of our Royal Albert Hall concerts. The film coincides with the news that the pair have become official ambassadors for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Caroline Flack helps celebrate our Cambridge unit's 2nd Birthday
The Xtra Factor presenter and Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador, Caroline Flack, recently joined current and former patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, to celebrate our unit’s second birthday. She spent time chatting with our young people, as well as cutting the birthday cake and officially starting the superhero themed party.
“It’s just one of those charities that are brilliant in every way. The support you get here is one of the things that strikes me most. It could be quite a lonely place to be otherwise. What shines here is that everyone understands and makes it feel like it’s normal. This is my first visit to Addenbrooke’s but I went to university in Cambridge so it’s nice to be back and even better to see the work going on here.”
Abbey Clancey launches Merseyside appeal
Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy recently launched our Merseyside appeal. Teenage Cancer Trust needs to raise £500,000 to fully equip a brand new, state-of-the-art unit following the redevelopment of the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The enables us to upgrade and improve the services we can offer to 13 – 19 year olds with cancer in Merseyside and North Wales.
Abbey said of the appeal:
“As a mum myself this appeal is very close to my heart. These units provide a place where young people can relax, feel at home, and be normal. The amazing design and social spaces, like the dining area where families can cook meals, make all the difference. The people of Liverpool are renowned for their generosity. I am sure that they’ll make me proud to be a Liverpudlian and get behind this appeal.”
Maverick Sabre visits our unit at UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre
Singer songwriter Maverick Sabre recently visited a group of our young people at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre. He hung out with some of our patients and their families and posed for some photos. Maverick then treated everyone to a impromptu acoustic performance.
Denise Welch launches new appeal in North West
Actress Denise Welch recently backed our £250,000 appeal for a pioneering new nursing and support outreach service for young people with cancer in the North West. The pilot service will see Teenage Cancer Trust providing expert care to young cancer patients in 19 local hospitals. It is hoped the pilot will help shape the future direction of Teenage Cancer Trust services across the UK in years to come.
Denise and Teenage Cancer Trust want everyone to support the appeal by taking a £1,000 challenge. Denise Welch said, “This is a ground-breaking new service that will make a huge difference to local young people with cancer. We must raise the money to support it. It’s amazing to see the North West leading the way. We just need 250 people, groups, companies and schools to raise £1,000 each to reach the target. Get involved today!”
James and Oliver Phelps help Birmingham unit celebrate it's 3rd Birthday
Actors James and Oliver Phelps recently visited our unit at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham to celebrate its 3rd birthday. As well as meeting patients and joining in the celebrations, the twins also presented the young people with an Arcade Machine as a special present.
Oliver adds: “Teenage Cancer Trust know that teenagers don’t stop being teenagers just because they have cancer, so we thought an arcade machine was a great way to keep them occupied during long stays in hospitals. We’ve certainly enjoyed playing on it, and we hope the young people do too!”
Joe McElderry pops into the Great North Childrens Hospital
Our ambassador, Joe McElderry, visited young people on our unit at the Great North Childrens Hospital in Newcastle - "I was so pleased to be able to raise £12,000 from my Coast to Coast bike ride, when it cold and the rain was lashing down, I just thought this is nothing compared to what the young people have to go through, that kept me focused. Also being welcomed back into South Shields by the teens from the Teenage Cancer Trust unit was very emotional."
Sara Cox opens new unit
BBC Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox officially opened our new unit at Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital.
The new five bed unit will provide care for patients aged 13-16 from across the Greater Manchester area.
Sara said: “I’m honoured to be here to open this fantastic new Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Manchester. I’ve had a great time today looking around the unit and meeting so many inspirational young people. It’s really important to remember that when a young person is diagnosed with cancer they’re still a teenager, they just happen to have cancer and Teenage Cancer Trust completely get that. There are hundreds of young people diagnosed with cancer right here in the North West, and the charity want to support them all throughout their journey.”
Mr Hudson opens new services
Singer-songwriter Mr Hudson officially opened new services at our unit in the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham.
The new space will provide care for 18 – 24 year olds and will complement the existing unit at the hospital which currently treats 13 - 18 year olds diagnosed with cancer.
Speaking at the opening, Mr Hudson said: "I'm so proud to be here to open this fantastic unit. It's colourful, has a great vibe and most importantly it gives young people their own space. I've met two amazing and inspirational young men today who have been through amputations but were extremely positive and spoke highly of the services and support they have received from Teenage Cancer Trust."
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone exclusive image auction
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone follows The Stone Roses reforming in 2012 after a 16-year split, capturing the band at work and in their everyday lives as they rehearse for their much-anticipated homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park.
An auction, of 20 unique images that were captured in the lead up to the Heaton Park shows at a secret rehearsal space and at the gigs themselves, took place to mark the release of the film on Blue-ray and DVD on 21 October.
The auction was a huge success and raised over £5,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
James Blake visits UCLH
Mercury Music Prize winner James Blake recently visited our unit at UCLH. He hung out with some of our patients and their families, as well as playing a few games of Fifa and posing for photos. James then treated everyone to a short acoustic performance.
Jason Manford pays a visit to patients in Leicester
Comedian Jason Manford recently visited our unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. He hung out and chatted with some of our patients and their families, as well as posing for a few photos.
Jason is currently on tour with his new show First World Problems.
The Strypes and Roger Daltrey visit our London unit
Roger joined four-piece Irish band The Strypes who celebrated the release of their debut album Snapshot by visiting a Teenage Cancer Trust unit for the first time. Roger and the band chatted to patients about their experiences. They also toured the ward and were then treated to an impromptu acoustic performance from The Strypes.
Jimmy Carr visits our Leicester unit
Comedian Jimmy Carr recently visited our unit at Leicester’s Royal Infirmary Hospital. He hung out and chatted with some of our patients and their families, as well as posing for a few photos. Jimmy was even treated to an impromptu performance from a couple of the young people!
JacksGap take on the Rickshaw Run for Teenage Cancer Trust
We're incredibly excited to tell you about an epic adventure JacksGap are taking part in throughout September to help raise funds and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust. Jack and Finn, along with five other filmmakers and friends, have set off in three rickshaws (3-wheeled motorized taxis) to race from the east to the west of India in The Rickshaw Run.
They have launched a campaign on Prizeo to raise as much money as possible from their challenge. For just a small donation to Teenage Cancer Trust you’ll be entered into a contest where you and a friend could get flown from wherever you are in the world to London and put up for 2 nights in a central hotel. The winner will join Jack and Finn for dinner at one of their favourite Indian restaurants, before going for a rickshaw ride!
Head over to Prizeo to enter.
Kassidy launch our West of Scotland Appeal
Scottish folk band Kassidy recently helped us to launch our West of Scotland appeal. The appeal, to raise £500,000, will help us fund the building of a new Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Glasgow.
This new unit will replace our current site at Yorkhill when the hospital is relocated to the Southern General Hospital.