What an amazing response to the challenge.

I am currently sat at my desk writing this blog at 10:20am on the 6th May and the JustGiving Page is on £1,038.55 + everyone who has donated straight to Teenage Cancer Trust. That is an incredible amount of money to raise in 24hours and it is all down to you guys. I am totally overwhelmed with the incredible support everyone has shown, and want to thank every single one of you.

The impact the pandemic is having on charities is unprecedented. I was speaking to Heather from Teenage Cancer Trust yesterday who relayed on the following information:

‘At the end of March we placed 60% of charity staff on furlough leave so we can protect frontline delivery to young people with cancer. We’ve also reduced the working hours and pay of the colleagues who remain and have, regrettably, made a small number of roles redundant where people could not be put on furlough leave.  In these challenging times, we face losing just under half of our income in 2020

Research from the NCVO shows that charities expect voluntary income to decrease by 48% this year. Our own projections for loss of income are in line with that, and we anticipate our income will halve

Many young people with cancer are particularly at risk from coronavirus (covid-19) due to their treatment affecting their immune system. Many will be feeling more isolated and vulnerable than ever before.

Our priority remains making sure that young people with cancer receive the best treatment, care and support. But, as I’m sure you have seen in the daily news bulletins, NHS Hospital Trusts are under significant strain.

We’ve been co-ordinating with our NHS colleagues during these rapidly changing times and adapting our services to make sure young people don’t face cancer alone.

The practical and emotional support our nurses and Youth Support Coordinators give to young people with cancer is more vital now than ever – and these adaptable and brilliant specialists are now doing this from home as well as offering safe face-to-face support on wards.

Cancer doesn’t stop for anything – and neither will Teenage Cancer Trust.’

To think about them losing nearly half of their annual income in 2020 due to the pandemic is frightening. I was fortunate enough to be on the J94 Teenage Cancer Trust Ward at Leeds St James for all of my treatment. I hope that teenagers and young adults getting diagnosed with cancer everyday still manage to receive the same support and care they need during these hard times.

I just want to thank you all again for donating to Teenage Cancer Trust, and if you haven’t donated already please give as much as you can. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/5andkind