Award-winning Glasgow band The Fratellis, are calling on the public to raise £350,000 which is desperately needed to build a new Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Glasgow.
Teenage Cancer Trust’s newest unit, which is planned for The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill, Glasgow, will care for teenagers and young people with cancer from across the West of Scotland. There is an existing Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow which treats 16 to 24 year olds. The new unit at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children will care for 13 to 16 year olds.
If enough money is raised, the unit is expected to open in early 2009. As part of an existing ward, it will have six beds, a communal lounge and activity space with a games table, sofa, TV and music system and small kitchenette area where the young people can socialise – all of which mean these young patients will receive treatment with patients of a similar age, providing them with the best possible experience whilst in hospital. Experts believe this setting can improve survival rates.
The band, who recently played at the renowned Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London, are fronting the launch of the appeal as it’s a cause close to their hearts.
Barry from The Fratellis says, “It’s such fantastic news that a second Teenage Cancer Trust unit is planned for Glasgow, but we really need to see the money start rolling in. The charity needs £350,000 to go ahead with their plans, all of which they have to raise in Scotland.”
He continues, “We’ve seen first hand the difference that a Teenage Cancer Trust unit makes to the lives of teenagers and young people – the facilities on offer are amazing. Every young person with cancer in Scotland should have access to a unit, so I, and the rest of the band, would like to ask everyone to put their hands in their pockets and get involved. Every penny counts.”
Simon Davies, Teenage Cancer Trust’s Chief Executive adds, “Six teenagers are diagnosed with cancer each day, that’s 2,000 every year. Each and every one of these young people should have the right to specialised treatment and care in an appropriate facility for their age. We’re on the right track to ensuring this happens for the older teenagers and young people in the West of Scotland, but this new unit will ensure that younger teenagers’ needs are met too. Our units are indicating they do improve survival rates, which is why the new unit in Glasgow is so important.”
Dr Brenda Gibson, Lead Cancer Consultant, at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow says, “We are delighted that Teenage Cancer Trust is providing a new facility for younger teenagers in Glasgow at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children. The Teenage Cancer Trust unit will provide a home away from home for teenagers attending the unit as either day or in patients. It will represent a far cry from the current children’s facilities and will hopefully offer an environment in which the teenagers will feel more relaxed and speed up the process of their recovery.”
Work on a new TCT unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh is due to start at the end of this year with a further 3 TCT units, each costing around £2million, planned for Scotland over the next five years.
TCT currently has 9 units around the country and is planning to open a further 14 units by 2012. It costs around £2million to open a new unit, all of which TCT has to raise.
If you would like to get involved with fundraising for TCT or make a donation, please contact Jill MacRae or Catriona Stewart on 0141 249 6885 or at The Beacon, 176 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5SG
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