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Newton Faulkner launches appeal with Nicole Dryburgh

Posted on: July 1st, 2009 by Jules

Newton Faulkner launches £3 million appeal for Teenage Cancer Trust at exclusive Hever Castle event, to help people like Nicole.

Singer songwriter Newton Faulkner, is calling on people from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to help raise £3million towards dedicated Teenage Cancer Trust facilities for young people from the region with cancer. Faulkner will be launching the appeal with influential members of the community on Wednesday 1st July at an exclusive event at Hever Castle in Kent.

Newton Faulkner added: “Young people in Kent, Surrey and Sussex deserve the very best options and facilities when it comes to their cancer treatment and fighting this disease. Teenage Cancer Trust needs £3million to make sure this happens. We can all do our bit to help.”

The £3million appeal is raising money for three Teenage Cancer Trust units within the region:

  • a state of the art facility at the Royal Marsden with 13 bedrooms with en-suite facilities, digital lighting systems, wall-art, flat screen televisions and internet access;
  • A six-bed unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London which will feature a chill-out area with entertainment equipment, social space and patient kitchen.
  • A four-bed unit within the new oncology wing at King’s College Hospital, Dulwich. This smaller unit will provide en-suite facilities, wall glamour and TV and entertainment equipment to make the long stays in hospital more comfortable.

Guests at the event will hear from Teenage Cancer Trust about the need for a new along with former teenage cancer patients Suzannah Temko and Nicole Dryburgh.

Suzannah Temko was diagnosed with ovarian germ cell tumor at the age of 15. She said: “It can be an incredibly isolating and frightening experience having cancer, only made worse by being put on a ward with no-one your own age, either lots of old people or young children. The support Teenage Cancer Trust’s unit will give and the opportunity to meet other people your own age going through the same thing, can’t be underestimated.”

Six teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every day, that’s over 2,000 each year. There’s never a good time to get cancer, but for a teenager the timing seems particularly cruel. Young people get some of the rarest and most aggressive forms of cancer, and the emotional upheaval of adolescence can make a cancer diagnosis even harder to deal with.

Helen Haynes, Teenage Cancer Trust’s Regional Appeals Manager for the South East said: “Teenage Cancer Trust really needs everyone’s help to reach our fundraising target of £3million in the South East. All donations are hugely appreciated, however large or small! Teenage Cancer Trust units aren’t like ordinary wards – everything about them has been designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome. We want every young person in the South East to have that chance.”

For more information about Teenage Cancer Trust and how you can get involved, call Helen Haynes on 07943 817 274 or emailhelenhaynes@teenagecancertrust.org

Donations can be sent to: Teenage Cancer Trust South East Appeal, 93 Newman Street, London W1T 3EZ.

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