Teenage Cancer Trust ball raises £40,000 for Southampton General Hospital unit

October 11th, 2012 by Investec Bank Channel Islands Limited

Calvos, crystal ball manipulators and stilt walkers, entertained shoppers in St Peter Port prior to the Teenage Cancer Trust Crystal Ball at the Duke of Richmond Hotel in the evening (click image to expand – image courtesy of Investec)

The 2012 Teenage Cancer Trust ball raised £40,000.

Due to the popularity of the event in 2011 an extra five tables were added to meet demand for tickets on Saturday 6 October 2012 at the Duke of Richmond Hotel.

As well as performing at the charity event, sponsored by Investec Specialist Bank, crystal ball manipulators and stilt walkers Calvos entertained shoppers in St Peter Port in the afternoon.

“As always the generosity of the Guernsey public has no bounds and we are delighted that this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Crystal Ball has raised £40,000 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.

“This year we wanted to give the public an opportunity to see the fantastic talent we were able to bring over for the Teenage Cancer Trust Crystal Ball as a thank you to islanders for their continued support of the charity,” Mr. Henry said.

“What a spectacle it was, despite the rain, shoppers met and watched the wonderful Calvos performers,” he said.

Blayz electric string all-girl quartet also entertained the ball attendees with a combination of vocals and electric strings.

Since it’s launch two years ago the Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey branch has raised £200,000.

In July 2012, 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 10-bed facility.

The unit 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 is working with the hospital architect to advise on the design and colour themes and what furniture and entertainment equipment should be included.

The main construction starts in November 2012. A completion date is 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 raise a fantastic sum this year to go towards the build of the new facility in Southampton, which youngsters from the Channel Islands will have much-needed access to,” said Jay Aylmer, Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey chairman.

A luxury auction took place on the night and included two boxes at The Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust’s comedy night performance in 2013 and tickets to the Investec Derby Festival donated by Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited.


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