Thursday 26th April 2018
Calling all superheroes! Teenage Cancer Trust and Key 103 are teaming up for Superhero Day to raise money for a teenage treatment room in the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Teenage Cancer Trust currently has a unit at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, with space for five teenagers with aged 13 to 17, and funds a Youth Support Coordinator. However, we want to support more young people in Manchester who are undergoing treatment, which is why we've joined forces with Key 103.
To mark the launch of our Superhero Day partnership, three Key 103 presenters - actress and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Gemma Atkinson, Mike Toolan, and Matt Haslam - recently visited the Teenage Cancer Trust unit and met Ayisha and Jessika, two teenagers undergoing cancer treatment.
Gemma, Mike, and Matt with Ayisha at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Casey Jones, a 16 year old from Eccles, Greater Manchester, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma when she was 15 years old. She was treated on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit last year and says that it made a difficult experience so much easier:
The team on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit were amazing. I was treated with dignity and respect, the things that most people take for granted. My self-confidence was at an all-time low and the 'Look Good Feel Better' session helped me to appreciate and respect the many changes that my body was going through, like losing my hair. I would urge everyone to get involved in Superhero Day to make a different to other young people with cancer.
Gemma and Mike with Jessika, a young person receiving treatment at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit
Michelle Williamson, Key 103's Cash for Kids Charity Manager said:
We're really enjoying working with Teenage Cancer Trust and hoping to raise a huge amount of money to ensure teenagers in Manchester have their amazing support when they most need it. Superhero Day is a way to put the FUN in fundraising, and every single person can help and get involved. All the pennies add up!