Teenage Cancer Trust Unit opens at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

There was no getting away from the sense of achievement when the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Persons Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham was officially opened on Wednesday, December 7.

“Seeing it first hand, the unit is simply stunning,” confirmed Steve Dewhurst, Volvo Bus UK Managing Director, who was immensely impressed not just with the unit, but also the calibre of staff and the dedicated help they give to the teenagers.

Steve handed over a cheque for £20,000 on behalf of Volvo Buses Charity appeal to Simon Davies, CEO of the Teenage Cancer Trust, as part of the company’s drive to raise £100,000.

“We are near to our total now and look like exceeding it with our planned event in March next year at the magnificent 18th Century Court House in Warwick on Thursday 15th March, 2012. This really is such a good cause and we hope the industry will continue to support TCT and the amazing work they do.”

The new unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was officially opened by actor twins James and Oliver Phelps, best known for playing Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films. It brings young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in an environment tailored to their needs and designed to feel like a home from home.

Simon Fuller, Director of Services at Teenage Cancer Trust added, “We are incredibly excited to see the unit up and running and are confident that our patients, their families and unit staff will benefit from the specialist support and care it provides. I would like to say a huge thank you to the hospital and to everyone who has been involved in supporting Teenage Cancer Trust locally over recent years.”

“Events such as these really drive home the tremendous work that Teenage Cancer Trust does when you see the environment these young people are being treated in,” added Steve Dewhurst. “It really is excellent and just goes to emphasise the fantastic work being done by all the staff at the unit.”

 The Volvo Bus event in March, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, is an evening of fine food and music with some celebrity faces and entertainment by London based professional musician Gwyneth Herbert and her band.

During the evening, Gwyneth will be auctioning some special song dedications, to help boost the fund raising and also provide guests with some fantastic live entertainment.

Tables of 10 are available at £950, via Volvo Bus, with the proceeds directly benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust Warwickshire Appeal. The venue, The Judges House, Northgate Street, Warwick, has been stunningly refurbished into what is one of the most select and atmospheric settings in Warwick.

Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of young people with cancer. They build specialist units in NHS hospitals where young people are treated with others their own age, in an environment best suited to their specific needs.


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21st December 2011

Caption for image: Steve Dewhurst, Volvo Bus UK Managing Director (left) hands over a cheque for £20,000 to Simon Davies, CEO of the Teenage Cancer Trust.