As one of the leading charities in the UK Teenage Cancer Trust is raising money to build a Teenage Cancer Unit in the South East which will be the first of its kind in the area and will support young people in Richmond, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
Established in 1990, Teenage Cancer Trust is a national charity that is devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
We understand how damaging it is to take a teenager away from their home, family, friends and everyday life and place them in a cancer ward amongst older people or young children.
Young people have very specific, specialist care needs and stand a much better chance in their fight against cancer if they are made to feel safe, comfortable and respected. That's why Teenage Cancer Trust works every day to ensure that teenagers are treated by teenage cancer experts in an environment that is tailored to their individual needs.
It is our aim that by 2012, every young person living with cancer in Great Britain has access to the specialist support our Teenage Cancer Trust units provide.
It's simple - teenagers shouldn't have to stop being teenagers because they have cancer.
South East Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
Our South East Unit is dedicated to caring and raising money for teenagers in Richmond, Surrey, Kent and Sussex.
We are currently raising money to build a state-of-the-art facility at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey - a recognised centre of excellence. This new unit will care for young people and teenagers with cancer from across the three counties and is set to be one of the largest and most impressive units in the country.
It will have five individually designed en-suite bedrooms, a pair of four bed bays in funky, colour coordinated designs, patient kitchen, roof terrace and chill-out area, complete with TV, pool table and gaming area.
In order to keep up with school work, patients have access to a large school room with all the necessary facilities and full internet access.
It has been specially designed to make hospital stays bearable and comfortable for young people undergoing cancer treatment.
Families and friends also have access to a patients' lounge and kitchen, plus accommodation that ensures that the family unit can stay together during longer hospital stays.
Building has already started and is on schedule to be completed in the Summer of 2011. However, this new unit will cost over £3million, which has to be raised locally.
We have already seen great support from a variety of local individuals, families, community groups and businesses, who have organised or taken part in a number of creative fundraising activities, including:
We are also Brighton Marathon's National Charity for 2011, which has provided Teenage Cancer Trust with a great opportunity for many people in the South East to get involved.
Taking place on April 10 2011, why not join the Teenage Cancer Trust running team or become part of our volunteer cheering squad?