Monday 20th April 2015
On 19 April, singer – songwriter and TV presenter, Olly Murs visited a group of young cancer patients on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at The Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle.
Olly took time out from his UK tour to spend almost two hours talking to the young patients and their parents, posing for photos and signing autographs.
It was the first time the chart-topping musician and newly-appointed presenter of The X-Factor had visited a Teenage Cancer Trust unit and the experience left a lasting impression on him. Olly said:
It’s been an amazing experience to have visited the Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Newcastle and to have met some of the young people with cancer there. It was inspiring to meet such incredible people full of real positivity in such a warm and welcoming environment.
Olly was a guest at the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2014 and it was there that he met long-term supporter of the charity, Paul Weller. The chance encounter backstage led to a collaboration between the artists. The resulting song, ‘Let Me In’, is on Olly’s latest album – Never Been Better.
The Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at The Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle has been open since 2010 and supports young cancer patients aged from 13 to 19. The unit is one of 28 specialist Teenage Cancer Trust units in NHS hospitals across the UK.
We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.