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Charity shops raise 1/2 million pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust

L-R: Tracey Evans (Manager) and Carla Askey (Deputy Manager) as well as Jo Hardiman (Area Retail Manager) and Ashley Whitebrook (Volunteer).

Daisychain Benevolent Fund charity shops are this month (November) celebrating reaching the amazing fundraising milestone of £500,000 raised for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Daisychain Benevolent Fund Store Manager, Tracey Evans, celebrating at the Silverdale shop, said ‘This is such amazing news. We are absolutely delighted that we have raised this amount so far to help the important work of Teenage Cancer Trust. It means so much to our Volunteers and donors to realise what their hardwork and support does.’

Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust is a charitable Trust dedicated to helping children and young adults in need. The 13 shops located across the West Midlands are supported by staff and over 200 Volunteers who have been instrumental in reaching the fantastic total

Daisychain Benevolent Fund Head of Retail, Davina Roberts, said: “The partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust is fantastic and I would really like to thank our staff, suppliers, donors and customers for all they have done in helping us to raise half a million pounds for the charity. We really do appreciate everyones help and look forward to further celebrations in the future!’

Their partnership between the two charities has helped Teenage Cancer Trust deliver world class specialist nursing care to young people aged 13-24 who are diagnosed with cancer.

Every year approximately 220 young people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands region. Teenage Cancer Trust funds 3 specialist units in the West Midlands, at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. The units offer local young cancer patients access to the best possible care, support and access to treatments. This includes 10 full- and part-time specialist expert nursing staff and Youth Support Coordinators within these units, who help support young people in a number of ways including organizing activities during treatment.

As part of a new Nursing & Support Service, Teenage Cancer Trust is also working with an additional 7 NHS Hospital Trusts across the Midlands including University Hospital North Midlands NHS Trust (Royal Stoke Hospital) to provide the support of a Teenage Cancer Nurse specialist. By supporting NHS teams in partnership with local hospitals, the charity hopes to ensure all young people with cancer aged 13 to 24 have access to the age-appropriate care, advice, information and one-to-one support they need.

Grace Higgins said: “Thanks to the money raised by supporters like Daisychain Benevolent Fund Trust we have been available to expand our service in the region and get ever closer to ensuring that everyone young person diagnosed with cancer doesn’t face it alone but has access to one our nurses who provide age-appropriate care.  Teenage Cancer Trust is very grateful to everyone at Daisychain Benevolent Fund for raising this amazing amount of money to support our work and are looking forward to this partnership reaching it’s next milestone.”