Thursday 13th June 2019
In 2009, our honorary patron Sarah, Duchess of York, opened Teenage Cancer Trust's unit in Cardiff. On 11 June 2019, she returned to celebrate 10 years of specialist care for young people with cancer in Wales.
When the unit at University Hospital of Wales originally opened, it had six inpatients beds and a day care facility for 14 to 25 year olds. It has since been expanded to eight beds but is still the only specialist unit for young people with cancer in Wales.
Over the past decade, the unit has treated nearly 500 young people with cancer from across Wales.
The Duchess said:
I had the great pleasure and honour of opening the unit in Cardiff in 2009. Ten years on, I am delighted to be back to talk to the extraordinary young people being treated here and to meet the dedicated specialist staff who care for them.
We are so grateful to the supporters whose fundraising and donations have made the last decade of support for young people in Wales happen. We’re looking forward to celebrating what we can achieve together in the future.
Bethan Ingram, Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse at the Cardiff unit, said:
The awareness of young people’s unique needs has improved a lot over the last ten years. It’s an exciting time as we can look at their requirements and see how we can do things differently. One of the brilliant things about working with young people is that they tell us what works, but also what doesn’t. There is no ‘one size fits all’ and we are always learning and adapting.