Guernsey’s Teenage Cancer Trust ball a major fund raising event

August 15th, 2012 by Investec Bank Channel Islands Limited

The 2012 Teenage Cancer Trust ball in Guernsey will be bigger to meet demand following its success in 2011.

Last year the event, sponsored by Investec Specialist Bank, raised £45,000 and took the charity past its target of £100,000. This year five extra tables have been added to meet demand for tickets.

The Teenage Cancer Trust Crystal Ball, which takes place on Saturday 6 October 2012, will be the largest event at the Duke of Richmond Hotel, St Peter Port, Guernsey since its refurbishment.

The evening will be a gala dinner with entertainment, music and dancing.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring this fantastic event for a second year and we hope to be able to help Teenage Cancer Trust’s Guernsey committee raise even more money in 2012 to help fund the build and running of the unit for teenagers and young adults with cancer at Southampton General Hospital,” said Stephen Henry, head of Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited.

Guernsey residents will have the opportunity to see some of the entertainers for themselves from 2.30 pm in Market Square, St Peter Port on the afternoon of the ball, where they will be performing to help raise awareness of Teenage Cancer Trust’s Guernsey Appeal.

“This year we wanted to provide members of the public with an opportunity to see some of the fantastic talent we are able to bring over for the ball as a thank you to islanders for their continued support of the charity,” said Mr Henry.

In July, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust approved the cancer unit designed by Teenage Cancer Trust. Cancer patients aged between 16 and 24 living in the Channel Islands, Hampshire, Dorset, South Wiltshire, Isle of Wight and parts of West Sussex will be treated at the ten bed facility.

It will house six en suite inpatient bedrooms so that family and friends can also stay over. There will also be four-day care spaces, social and recreation areas with a kitchen and dining area plus a parent/family sitting room, which has now been incorporated into the revised plans.

So that the particular needs of teenagers and young adults are met, a group of former and current young cancer patients will be working with the hospital architect to advise on the design and colour themes and what furniture and entertainment equipment should be included.

Enabling work has now begun with the main construction starting in October 2012 and a completion date set for summer 2013.

Once open, the Southampton Teenage Cancer Trust unit will complement the 21 other specialist units the charity has built in NHS hospitals across the UK since 1990.

“With Investec’s help and the generosity of many islanders we were able to exceed our £100,000 target for last year.”

“This year fundraising has once again been so successful and support of the charity locally has been incredible,” said Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey chairman, Jay Aylmer.

A luxury auction will take place and will include a Swarovski crystal necklace and two boxes at The Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust’s comedy night performance in 2013.


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