Bingo Night Raises £4k for the Teenage Cancer Trust

The Teenage Cancer Trust held a bingo night event, attended by over 150 islanders.  The event was held at St. Pierre Park Hotel recently, and raised £4,000.  This enjoyable and successful fundraiser was sponsored by Carey Olsen through its Guernsey charities committee initiative.

Southampton General Hospital hopes to develop a unit for young cancer patients and their families from Hampshire, Dorset and the Channel Islands.  The cost of building and equipping the 10 room unit is expected to total £1 million.  The Teenage Cancer Trust is working diligently to make this hospital unit a reality.  The law firm of Carey Olsen has confirmed its continuing support of the Teenage Cancer Trust until 2013.

Bingo night included a Raffle, Food and Dancing

Jay Aylmer and Anne Ruddy from the Guernsey unit appeal committee organized the popular bingo event.  Included in the bingo night were a raffle, food, music and dancing. Through fundraisers such as bingo night, the Teenage Cancer Trust is involved in a continuing effort to establish specialist units in NHS hospitals.  These units are serviced by experts in the field of teenage cancer.  The pooled knowledge of these experts ensures the highest standards of clinical care, research and professional education.

Bingo as a Charitable Fundraiser

Bingo night provided entertainment and a social gathering, along with fundraising.  Many charities utilize bingo to fund their necessary social projects.  This alleviates pressure on local governmental budgets and general funds. Folks simply love to play bingo.  It’s a great way to get people to financially back a worthy cause.  The most important element of charitable bingo is the charity itself.

The Purpose of Specialist Units

Teenagers on a cancer journey receive necessary support, camaraderie and encouragement from each other.  The purpose of the Teenage Cancer Trust is to build specialist units wholly focused on the young patient.  This gives teenagers with cancer the ability to carry on as a teenager, establishing friendships with individuals of their own age and experience. These hospital units give teens other teenagers to rely on, a team of high-quality treatment specialists, and hospital wards that are uniquely designed for teenagers.  The aim of the Teenage Cancer Trust is to give each young person with cancer the best chance for a positive outcome.