Walters to Raise £20,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust in Wales

Walters has chosen to partner with Teenage Cancer Trust in Wales as their new charity partner for 2017/18, with a goal to raise £20,000 over the coming year.

To kick off the partnership, Walters has liveried 3 of their low loader lorries to display the Proud to Support Teenage Cancer Trust logo and are looking to donate for every mile each lorry travels over the coming year with the hope of raising £10,000 form this activity alone.

Walters are also set to welcome a group of young people supported by Teenage Cancer Trust’s unit in Cardiff to their sites in Wales for a day packed with activities, tours and treats. In addition to this they are currently undertaking the Smarties Challenge, which will see staff given a tube of sweets for free with the catch that they are encouraged to bring them back by the end of the month filled with donations. One tube filled with £1 would enable Teenage Cancer Trust to fund two hours of nursing care for a young person with cancer in Wales.

Sarah Llewellyn, Walters Director and Charity Champion said, “By partnering with Teenage Cancer Trust, our aim is to not only raise funds but to more importantly raise awareness for this amazing charity. TCT do wonderful work providing expert care and support to ensure that young people don’t have to face cancer alone. We are looking forward to working with TCT over the next year to put on some exciting fundraising activities and events working with our staff, friends, clients, peers and supply chain to raise as much money as we can.”

One of the ways that the money raised by Walters will be used is to fund one of the specialist posts that the charity provides at its unit in Cardiff. Along with a specialist nurse, Teenage Cancer Trust also funds a Youth Support Coordinator whose role provides much needed support to young people with cancer who may be feeling anxiety, depression or isolation because of their diagnosis.

Anna Davies, Youth Support Coordinator, Cardiff said, “I’m here to help and support young people through their treatment, as well as their families. I spend most my time on the Unit with our young people, talking to them and keeping them company while they’re having chemotherapy, playing games or providing options of crafts and activities to keep them occupied while they’re here. I have also worked with our hospital radio station to set up a Teenage Cancer Trust Takeover show, which we do once a month.

Apart from my work on the Unit, I arrange lots of activities and social opportunities away from the hospital, such as; the visit to Walters sites, cinema nights, meals out, afternoon tea and cocktail making, which our young people get a lot out of. A huge part of my role is simply being there for our young people when they’re going through treatment, and beyond. I’m here to help them with the emotional impact of cancer and everything that comes with this, such as; hair loss, changes in appearance, confidence, relationships and thinking about the future.

I love my job and I feel so privileged to be part of the Cardiff Teenage Cancer Trust Team. Being able to build relationships with young people and their parents, make them laugh and help them through their treatment is incredible! We all know that being in hospital can be frustrating and monotonous, which is why I think our Unit is so special. We are able to provide a comfortable and homely space for young people and their families to use, which enables them to feel less stressed and allows them to build relationships with other families.”

Debbie Jones, Regional Fundraising Manager Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialist nurses and youth support coordinators make a huge difference to the experience of young people with cancer in hospital. Despite all the hard work and progress, we have made in supporting young people, we still have a long way to go. For every young person with cancer we help, there is another we can’t.

Walters will be helping us reach these young people. We feel very lucky to have been chosen by Walters and look forward to working together over the coming year.”

As part of our Education & Awareness Programme, we explain the truth about cancer in young people, so that young people and their families aren’t afraid to talk about it or seek help, and GPs, teachers and parents are better prepared to recognise it.

Our expert staff support young people with cancer on our 28 wards (usually called units) in NHS Principal Treatment Centres, in other NHS hospitals all over the UK, and in young people’s homes. We also bring young people with cancer together so they can support each other. Wherever we work, we’re always guided by one thing we’re certain of – young people with cancer are different to young children with cancer and different to adults with cancer, and they need support that always takes that into account.

Our work doesn’t end when cancer treatment ends. As young people and their families adjust to whatever the future holds, we’re there to offer advice and to bring young people together at events where they can talk through the stuff that’s on their minds.

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