Kevin Bridges helps open new cancer unit for teenagers in Glasgow

Comedian Kevin Bridges helped open new teenage cancer unit in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Comedian Kevin Bridges helped open new teenage cancer unit in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

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A NEW teenage cancer unit has been opened in Glasgow with the help of Scots comedian Kevin Bridges.

The Teenage Cancer Trust’s west of Scotland ambassador, joined forces with the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robison also attended to open the new unit at the Royal Hospital for Children.

The state-of-the-art facility is located within haemato-oncology ward 2A on the second floor at the Royal Hospital for Children.

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A group of young cancer patients were involved in the overall design, which includes eight bedrooms, made-up of six single rooms and two single bone marrow transplant rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.

Each bed area comes with mood lighting, TV and DVD players, WIFi and laptops as well as the unit’s large social area where young people can play computer games, listen to music, or watch films together.

Bridges said: “Meeting these young people who’ve been landed with cancer so early in their lives is very humbling.

“No one should go through that alone. I’m proud to see the people of Glasgow getting behind Teenage Cancer Trust and helping raise money to keep these services open.”

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The new unit is a replacement for Teenage Cancer Trust’s interim facilities at the old Yorkhill Hospital and will provide care for young people with aged 13 to 16-years-old from the west of Scotland.

Teenage Cancer Trust is now appealing to local communities to continue supporting the unit.

All money raised will go towards the continued maintenance of the facilities, funding of specialist staff and supporting free cancer awareness sessions which are delivered in schools across Scotland.

To lend your support email fundraising@teenagecancertrust.org or call 020 7612 0370.

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