Monday 2nd November 2015
Foxes, whose real name is Louisa Rose Allen, was inspired to invite young people with cancer along on her tour after visiting our unit at University College London Hospital in June. James, 16, and Lucy, 17, who both have leukaemia, listened to Foxes' sound check before watching her perform.
Lucy, who brought along her friend Amy, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in January 2014 and is currently receiving treatment on our unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
I was diagnosed in January last year just after my 16th birthday. It was a terrible and terrifying time and I felt very ill a lot of the time. Teenage Cancer Trust has supported me by arranging get-togethers with other teenagers who have cancer. I have been lucky enough to go to events like this one and meet people like Foxes. The fact she supports the charity is amazing and I can't thank her enough for what she has done!
James, who brought his brother Ben to the event, is a drummer and is playing with his band at the Birmingham O2 next month. "Foxes' gig was amazing," he said. "And it was great to chat to Louisa beforehand. She was friendly and it was cool for her to show her support by wishing me luck with my first gig at the O2 Academy3 next month. It was an awesome evening!"
The young people I met in Birmingham through Teenage Cancer Trust were so inspiring. You don't stop being young because you have cancer; they still love all the normal stuff like music and hanging out with friends. I was so pleased to be able to invite James and Lucy along on my tour and I'm proud to team up with a charity that does so much work with young people.