Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters to Benefit from Charity Cash; SIR BOBBY FUND SET TO HELP BUILDING OF NEW CANCER UNIT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters to Benefit from Charity Cash; SIR BOBBY FUND SET TO HELP BUILDING OF NEW CANCER UNIT

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Byline: HELEN RAE

LIFE saving work by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is continuing with teenage cancer patients set to benefit from a cash donation.

As much as pounds 30,000 raised by auctioning players' shirts from the recent Ipswich Town v Newcastle United match will go towards the new Teenage Cancer Unit that is being built in the Great North Children's Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The specialist unit is designed to provide teenage cancer patients with a home-away-from-home when they require treatment and bridge the gap between existing services, which are designed for younger children or adult patients.

Kevin Nolan and Steve Harper were two of the Newcastle United players whose match shirts were auctioned and they visited the RVI to meet 15-year-old patient Rebecca Johnson, from Ashington, Northumberland.

Rebecca is receiving treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. At present she is staying with younger children within the paediatric wards as there is not yet a teenage cancer unit.

Rebecca said: "The nurses here are fantastic and really care but it can be hard being in a ward with so many younger patients.

"There are lots of arts and crafts and games for the children but not much for older kids. It's not that you always want to be playing games or whatever but time here can really drag if you don't have something to do."

The contribution from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation will help fund flat screen televisions and entertainment equipment in the new unit, which will treat teenage patients from across the North East.

Pauline Buglass, head of fundraising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, said: "The overwhelming majority of money donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is used to fund clinical trials into new cancer drugs not yet licensed by the NHS. …

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