Wednesday 3rd July 2019
2019 is a special year on Jersey - it marks the 10th anniversary of the Teenage Cancer Trust Jersey Committee! Over the last decade this small but dedicated group of volunteers has raised a staggering £1.7 million to support young people with cancer on the island.
The Jersey Committee was founded by chairs Irene Haycock and Liz Barlow who have devoted themselves to a cause close to their hearts after their sons, Calvin and Fraser, went through cancer treatment in their teenage years. The experience of watching their boys go through cancer at such a young age had a huge effect on Liz and Irene. The pair have tirelessly raised money for Teenage Cancer Trust, staging hundreds of events from black tie balls to concerts.
“We are delighted the Teenage Cancer Trust Jersey Appeal is continuing to support young people with cancer and their families on the island," said Irene. "The refurbishment of the Robin Ward and the planned new Clinical Nurse Specialist will ensure that teenagers and young adults are being treated in ideal conditions and surroundings. We know first-hand how important it is that young people with cancer have the care and support that they deserve. We are incredibly grateful to everyone on the island who has supported us.”
Amanda Hetherington, Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
We are so grateful to Liz, Irene and all the committee members both past and present. Their enthusiasm and commitment have been instrumental in our achievements in the region, supporting young cancer patients and their families.
“The committee played a major role in funding the opening of our unit at Southampton General Hospital," added Amanda. "Young cancer patients from Jersey are now treated on our specialist unit with other young people, rather than being alongside babies on a children’s ward or with elderly patients in the adult oncology ward, which could leave a young person feeling lonely and isolated at an already difficult time."
We're now expanding outreach services across the South and the Channel Islands to reach every young cancer patient no matter where they live. This will mean that they can be treated at local hospitals or in their homes, without having to travel long distances to our units. Rolling out our outreach services means that Jersey Hospital will soon have a Teenage and Young Adult Clinical Liaison Nurse.
The hard work of the Jersey Committee means that a cancer nurse on Jersey will have dedicated time within their role to develop expertise in Teenage and Young Adult cancer nursing, to provide care and make sure young people are offered the support they need. This role will also provide a vital link between Jersey Hospital and the specialist treatment centre in the UK.
To celebrate this special anniversary, and continue their vital work making sure no young person faces cancer alone, the committee is calling on Jersey to take part in their 10 year Celebration Challenge throughout the year. Interested in taking part? Email the Jersey Committee or check out their Facebook page!