A five year campaign for a specialist unit for young cancer patients has celebrated its conclusion with the official opening of a facility at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

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The new Teenage Cancer Trust-run unit was made possible, thanks to donations and fundraising of almost £3m from community groups, businesses, patients and their families.

The campaign, which was also backed by the EDP, resulted in the official opening of the ward by the Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie of York, and Harry Judd, from pop band McFly, on Monday.

The 11-bed ward, which cost £3.6m to build, will support cancer patients between 14 and 24-years-old from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

The unit is East Anglia’s only specialist Teenage Cancer Trust facility and the charity needs to find £250,000 to pay for its maintenance and for specialist staff.

The unit on ward C9 of Addenbrooke’s Hospital provides a relaxed environment, designed specifically for and by young people, and has a parents’ room, chill-out room learning centre and social zone, featuring a pool table, music, beverage bay, satellite TV and gaming equipment.

Since the first patient was admitted at the end of February, staff have treated over 60 patients from across the region.

Simon Davies, chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Not only is this our 25th Teenage Cancer Trust unit but it is also the first in East Anglia and we are thrilled to have worked with Addenbrooke’s whose staff provide specialist care. We rely solely on public donations and this unit wouldn’t have been built if it hadn’t been for incredible, tireless support from local communities, businesses, patients and their families and friends over the past few years, helping us raise £2.9m.”

Around 200 young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in East Anglia and treated in either children’s or adult wards in hospitals. The Duchess of York added: “I have been a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust for over twenty years and I’m always so excited to visit a new unit as every one is special and unique.”

If you would like to fundraise for Teenage Cancer Trust, contact helen@teenagecancertrust.org or call 07852 998234.

3 comments

  • I am no fan of this "Duchess" (nor of the other one), however I am confident that she has not been paid for this TCT official opening. Neither has Harry Judd. This unit has already been functioning for a few months and is a much-needed facility for young people with cancer throughout East Anglia.

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    point du jour

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I can't abide the woman - too low class for my liking. I wonder how much she was paid to do this.

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    kenneth jessett

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I've always been a fan of the Duchess of York and it's good to see her back on this side of the Atlantic.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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