Monday 19th December 2016

South West

Professional rugby player Nick Auterac had his famed long hair shaved off last month, raising £3,175 in aid of the charity. On Friday 16 December, 8 members of the team visited one of our Bristol units, known as Area 61, to meet and spend time with some of the young people and staff.

The team said:

We really enjoyed coming to the unit to visit the young people benfiting from this amazing service funded by Teenage Cancer Trust. Through meeting the patients and seeing the facilities, it's great to see the money kindly donated by everyone is going to such a great cause.

Jamie Cargill, Lead Nurse at University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said: "It was great to welcome the players to Area 61 today, and to see how much the young people enjoyed spending time with them. We're really grateful for the team's support, which will help us reach more young people."

Area 61 opened in March 2014 and is one of 28 units across the UK. The unit has two floors, one for day patients featuring three treatment pods, two consulting rooms, a procedure room and a waiting area with cafe; the other dedicated to in-patients, including five ensuite bedrooms with sofa beds for family and friends to stay over night. There's also a large social area where young people can play pool, listen to music, play games or watch films.

Holly King, a young person being treated on the unit, said:

Area 61 is a great place to relax during treatment and to have a bit of fun when you aren' feeling so great. It's a place to meet other teenagers and families and talk about everything and has really helped keep me happy through treatment and to keep my spirits up.