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Jack and Judd visit the new Unit site at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre

11 September 2013 No Comment

Today (Wednesday, September 11, 2013) , in the context of their support to Teenage Cancer Trust, Jack and Judd will visit the new Unit site at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre. They will give interviews and have photograph taken on the new Unit site. BBC Points West TV will be present.
You can read the full report by ITV here

South West Appeal – Key Messages

  • In May the South West appeal was launched to raise a further £1million to go towards the cost of building the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary. The local community had already raised £1.5million but an extra £1million was needed before the unit is opened in early 2014.
  • The fundraising appeal has raised a further £250,000 and £750,000 now needs to be raised.
  • We are asking 1,000 individuals, groups, schools and communities to rise to our ‘£1000 Challenge’ and raise £1,000 each to reach the £1million fundraising goal.
  • This specialist unit will mean for the first time young cancer patients aged between 16 and 24 from Bristol, Bath, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Gloucestershire, will be treated with others their own age, in an environment suited to their needs.
  • The unit will be built over two floors, one floor will be purely for in-patients featuring five en-suite rooms, a social area which includes a pool table, jukebox and gaming equipment, a quiet room, TV room, kitchen and dining space.
  • The other floor will be for day patients and will include a social space, a waiting area with cafe and staff office.
  • About Teenage Cancer Trust

  • Every day seven young people in the UK are told they have cancer.
  • Usually placed on a children’s ward or with elderly patients, young people often feel extremely isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis, never meeting another young person going through the same thing.
  • Teenage Cancer Trust believes teenagers shouldn’t stop being teenagers because they have cancer, so we fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals that allow young people to be treated together with others their own age, in an environment suited to their needs.
  • Teenage Cancer Trust units aren’t like ordinary cancer wards.
  • Their home-from-home atmosphere helps create a sense of normality.  The state-of-the-art units are bright and vibrant and will often include things like pool tables, jukeboxes, games consoles, computers and webcams, ensuring they can keep in touch with family friends outside hospital.
  • Alongside all of this is a medical team of teenage cancer specialists whose knowledge creates a body of expertise that’s second to none.
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