On Monday 12 October 2015, two Teenage Cancer Trust funded staff members from our Teenage Cancer Trust Young Persons Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, accepted a donation on behalf of the charity. A cheque of £30,000 was presented to the staff from Jo Buckingham and Debbie Nwangwa of the Mat Davis Foundation.
The funds will be used toward the unit’s Youth Support Programme which aims to combat isolation, anxiety and depression for young people aged 16 – 24 with cancer by providing fun activities, emotional and practical support to help them come to terms with their illness.
Michelle Aucott, Regional Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “This incredible donation will ensure local young people with cancer are supported by expert staff who provide specialist care.”
The Mat Davis Foundation was inspired by a young man – Mat Davis – who sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2012. It was set up to support young adults and their families who found themselves in a similar situation to Mat, and the committee fundraise locally in Warwickshire. Jo Buckingham, Mat’s Mum (pictured centre left) from the Mat Davis Foundation said:
“We are filled with so much pride at being able to help others and make a difference. When we visited the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit we were ‘blown away’ by the experience, and decided there and then Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity we wanted to support. The committee members recognise the importance of the staff on the ward who make such a huge difference to these young adults at a very vulnerable time in bayer levitra uk ag their lives.
If Mat had have had the opportunity he would have so wanted to be treated on this ward, buy college papers online sadly he wasn’t able to experience this but we know he would have been thrilled in helping others in his memory.”
This video explains why we chose support The Teenage Cancer Trust Ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham: