Wednesday 20th May 2015
Ella took time out from her UK tour to spend two hours chatting to the young people and their parents, posing for photos and signing autographs. She also brought along some Dominos pizzas for the patients to share and spent time taking part in an animation workshop with the young people.
It was the first time the chart-topping songstress had visited a Teenage Cancer Trust unit and the experience left a lasting impression on her:
It was amazing to be able to speak to the young people with cancer there about their experiences. I was struck by their overwhelming bravery and positivity. The unit was so warm and welcoming, like a home from home with lots of activities going on that young people could take part in together.
Since the £1.4 million unit opened in 2010, around 280 young people aged 13 to 18 from the area have received treatment. The state-of-the-art unit offers young people a place where they can feel a bit more at home and receive best possible support via a team of specialist doctors, nurses and support staff, who are all experts in teenage and young adult cancer care.
Louise Miles, Teenage Cancer Trust Fundraising Manager for the North East and Cumbria, said:
Over the past 5 years, we have seen the unit make a huge difference to young people’s lives. There is, however, still much more to do and for every young person we help, there is another we can’t. We rely on donations to maintain the unit, fund our specialist staff and support the work of our free cancer awareness sessions in schools, colleges and universities across the North East and Cumbria. That’s why we need the local community to continue supporting us.