RBC Wealth Management staff in Guernsey raise funds for specialist teenage cancer unit in Southampton

February 22nd, 2013 by RBC Wealth Management

Left to right - Jay Aylmer, Chairman of the committee of the Teenage Cancer Trust; Louise Scott, South Regional Manager of Teenage Cancer Trust; and John Perkins, Guernsey Chairman of Teenage Cancer Trust (click image to expand - image courtesy of RBC Wealth Management)

Left to right – Jay Aylmer, Chairman of the Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey Appeal; Louise Scott, formerly South Regional Manager of Teenage Cancer Trust; and John Perkins, Patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey Appeal (click image to expand – image courtesy of RBC Wealth Management)

RBC Wealth Management Guernsey employees donated £17,500 to the Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey Appeal during a record-breaking year of fundraising.

These funds will be used to build and furnish a specialist teenage cancer unit in Southampton.

Over the course of 2012, RBC Wealth Management employees consistently took part in a variety of activities in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Ben Brehaut, Chairman for RBC Wealth Management’s Guernsey Sports and Social Committee said “we had a number of different initiatives for our employees to get involved with; everything from weekly dress down days, cake and plant sales, to the auction of a van which was donated by the business.”

Ben Brehaut of RBC Wealth Management (click image to expand - image courtesy of RBC Wealth Management and by Chris George)

Ben Brehaut of RBC Wealth Management (click image to expand – image courtesy of RBC Wealth Management and by Chris George)

“We sold raffle tickets for a prestigious Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and Guernsey staff that ran in the Jersey marathon chose to donate the funds they raised to the Appeal.”

“It has been an incredible team effort, and we know it is going to be put to immediate use by Teenage Cancer Trust. It is heartening to know that we are capable of making a difference to such a worthy cause,” he said.

Anne Ruddy, Vice Chair of the Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey committee, said “this generous donation will go towards the Teenage Cancer Trust unit that is currently under construction at Southampton General Hospital.”

“This will be the principal treatment centre for cancer patients in Guernsey and will cost £2.4 million to build,” she said.

“With no government funding, the charity relies on the generosity of people like those at RBC Wealth Management, and we are very grateful for their support.

“The unit will feature six en suite inpatient bedrooms and four day care spaces.”

“Each individual bedroom will be spacious enough for a drop-down sofa bed for family or friends to stay over, especially important to young people and their families travelling from Guernsey.”

“But our work doesn’t stop once the unit is open. We will still need to fund one Lead Nurse role and one Youth Support Coordinator,” she said.

“It is so important to have a special cancer treatment unit for young people. Being treated alongside their peers will ensure that they feel less isolated throughout their treatment and that they have access to higher quality care from medical specialists who understand specifically how cancer affects young people. In addition, it also means they will have improved access to cutting edge treatment through increased inclusion on national drug trials, as well as long term support whilst at the unit and at home,” Anne Ruddy said.

RBC Wealth Management employees have chosen Cancer Research UK Guernsey Branch as their 2013 Charity of the Year.

 

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