Thursday 14th March 2019

North West

Gemma Atkinson officially opens new treatment room

Hits Radio presenter Gemma Atkinson and her boyfriend, Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez, officially opened a newly-enhanced treatment room at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Thursday 14 March 2019.

The upgrades to the Bone Marrow Transplant room were funded through our partnership with Hits Radio on their Cash for Kids Superhero Day 2018. Hits Radio listeners  raised a ‘heroic’ total on £103,220 to help young people with cancer!

Superhero Day fundraising total

Before the upgrade, the treatment room was  dark and unwelcoming with no entertainment or storage facilities. Now it's been transformed with teenagers and young adults in mind, to help keep their lives as normal as possible during cancer treatment. The room is kitted out with a TV, DVD player, gaming station and Wi-Fi, and there's also a drop-down guest bed so friends and family can stay overnight comfortably, just like they would at home.

Gemma, Gorka, YSC Nicola, and a young person

The money raised by Superhero Day has also covered the activity budget of our RMCH Youth Support Coordinator, Nicola, for the next ten years!

Gemma Atkinson said:

It was brilliant to see the new treatment room today following Cash for Kids' incredible Superhero Day last year. Our amazing Hits Radio listeners and Cash for Kids supporters have been able to make a massive difference to support young people living with cancer living in and around Manchester.

Gemma and Gorka with a young person

Vanessa Simmonds, Teenage Cancer Trust Head of Regional Fundraising West and Wales, said:

On behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust, I would like to say a massive thank you to Hits Radio and its generous listeners for making the enhancement of the Bone Marrow Treatment room possible. We’re the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist care and support to around 330 young people diagnosed with cancer each year in the North West, and the new treatment room will hugely benefit some of these young people.