Monday 29th October 2018
North East and Cumbria
On Friday 26 October, Si King and Dave Myers, better known as The Hairy Bikers, paid a visit to young people with cancer at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at The Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.
The celebrity chefs headlined The Hairy Rock Show the previous night, playing with Si's band Little Moscow. The Hairy Rock Show was the latest in the Rock n Raise series of gigs at Wylam Brewery, raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins, and The Graham Wylie Foundation.
Si and Dave's visit was their first time seeing our specialist unit, where there are two Teenage Cancer Trust funded staff members: Teenage & Young Adult Cancer Nurse Vicki Lockey and Youth Support Coordinator Emma Ogle.
Photography: Simon Williams, Crest Photography
"What an amazing and inspirational place!" said Si. "The teenagers that use the unit are full of life, as you'd expect from any teenager. The only difference is they have cancer. As a parent, I can't think of anything more difficult for a teenager and their families to deal with."
"The unit, nurses and Teenage Cancer Trust are there to support everyone involved in what is one of life's most difficult, emotional and challenging journeys. Thank goodness we have a charity in Teenage Cancer Trust that understands that journey. I'm always impressed by the doctors and nurses that dedicate their lives to making the process of care and treatment as kind and gentle as possible.
A remarkable place filled with remarkable people. It was our privilege and pleasure to spend some time there with everyone.
Sonia Graham, Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser for the North East, said:
The pair were inspirational and spent time talking to the young people and their families. Everyone was so happy to have them on the unit including all the staff. The money they raised from The Hairy Rock Show Live is vital to fund our work. We rely 100 per cent on donations and right now Teenage Cancer Trust estimate that we only reach half of young people diagnosed with cancer with our world-class nursing care. Our aim is to reach everyone.