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The new unit includes a dedicated upgraded space for children with cancer, from birth to eighteen years. The space provides a four bed bay, three en-suite rooms and a large playroom and televisions.
Adjoining is the brand new Teenage Cancer Trust unit, providing separate medical and recreational facilities for 13-24’s, with a two bed bay and three single en-suite rooms, including internet access, a chill out room and an area to make snacks. The new unit will ensure that all teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer across the Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire area have access to the specialist facilities and support they deserve.
Children, young people and teenagers will also have access to a brand new spacious out patient and day case suite, allowing peer support while attending appointments for chemotherapy and procedures.
Children aged between 13-18 will have the flexibility to be treated on either the children’s side of the ward or Teenage Cancer Trust’s unit.
The Loughborough based, 1500 metre runner, Lisa Dobriskey will be unveiling the official plaque to celebrate the opening. She knows what a difference this unit will make, after her friend, 23 year old Gemma Hillier, was treated for cancer last year.
Lisa Dobriskey said: “I feel really proud and honoured to be part of this.
“Watching Gemma go through treatment, really hit home the effects cancer can have, especially when it coincided with the Olympics.
“I think the new unit is fantastic! It allows people like Gemma, to be treated alongside people of their own age, in the most comfortable environment possible.”
The state-of-the-art specialised unit was a joint £1.4million project between the Our Space Appeal and Teenage Cancer Trust.
You are invited to the official opening of the new Children’s, Young People’s and Teenage Cancer Trust unit on Monday 25th February at 13:00. You will be invited to take a tour of the unit and interviews will be available with:
Lisa Dobriskey, 1500 metre athlete
Gemma Hillier, patient in remission
Charlie Richardson, current patient
Rachel Boardman, Ward Sister
Emma Ross, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist Teenage and Young Adult Lead Clinician
Fiona Miall, Consultant Haematologist
Simon Davies, Chief Executive, Teenage Cancer Trust
John Adler, Chief Executive, Leicester’s Hospitals
Tim Diggle, Head of Fundraising, Our Space Appeal
Notes for editors
About the Our Space Appeal
The Our Space Appeal has received fantastic support from patients, families, staff and the community including companies and grant making trusts. The appeal is now just £49,000 off the £900,000 target.
Leicester Hospitals Charity is still fundraising, to get involved and support the Our Space Appeal please contact the charity on 0116 258 8531 or visit: www.justgiving.com/cancerappeal
About Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust has received great support from local communities to raise £500,000 to provide a world class unit for young people at Leicester Royal Infirmary. This is the charity’s 23rd specialist unit in the UK.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24. We build specialist units within NHS hospitals, bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live. The charity unveiled plans to build three specialist Teenage Cancer Trust units in the East Midlands in 2010. A five bed unit in Nottingham opened earlier this year, and the charity are really pleased that a unit in Leicester is now operational.
We are committed to providing comprehensive support for 13-24 year olds with cancer in the region, so as well as providing the age appropriate facilities we also fund a youth support coordinator. Already in post, her role is to provide emotional, educational and social support for the young people and to ensure that they can still be teenagers and young adults, even whilst in hospital.
We rely solely on donations to fund our vital work. You can help us transform the lives of young people with cancer. Visit www.teenagecancertrust.org to find out how.