Anna Wemyss presenting to Surrey’s BEST Business Group
Six teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every day in Great Britain, Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) told Surrey’s BEST Business Group at the YMCA last week.
Anna Wemyss, TCT Regional Fund-raiser for the South East showed a moving film of teenages who had been diagnosed with cancer. The teenagers stressed how they valued having their own unit in a hospital to give each other vital support while fighting the disease.
The group saw a moving film on the treatment of teenage cancer patients and the specialised facilities they require
And now Guildford-based pharmaceutical company, SANOFI, is holding a fund-raising black tie Diamond Ball at the Mandolay Hotel in the town, which will include a three-course dinner, music, special guests, a raffle and an auction. This takes place on Friday 9th November.
SANOFI inspires is aiming to raise £100,000 this year for the Trust and has planned a programme of events with staff to achieve this.
The funds pay for specialist spaces like the £3.5 million Teenage Cancer Unit opened at Surrey’s Royal Marsden Hospital in January. This has 13 bedrooms, a recreation area with juke box, pool table, a kitchenette and an Education Room.
This is used for workshops in music, crafts and jewellery, and there are also a Teacher Unit and Parents’ Room. The Royal Marsden takes teenagers from Surrey, Kent, Sussex and Berkshire and funding also pays for a Youth Support Co-ordinator and a Lead Nurse Consultant.
“It was great to meet 22 local businesses and share the work of Teenage Cancer Trust,” says Anna, “BEST gave me a really warm welcome and I hope that many of the members will be able to join us for the Ball in November.”
Laurie Rogers, acting Chairman of BEST, adds: “It was deeply moving to see the teenagers on the film and we greatly admire the wonderful work of TCT, which is the only charity in the UK which focuses solely on teenagers. So, I’m delighted the breakfast immediately sold 12 tickets for the Ball and I hope more members will buy some too.”