Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, has chosen Teenage Cancer Trust as her charity of the year in memory of 15-year-old Georgina Anderson from Marske.
Georgina passed away in November 2013, just four months after being diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer. In those few months following her diagnosis, she courageously fought the disease and pursued her dream of having her music heard around the world.
Since then, Georgina's family - Paul, Helen and Joe - as well as friends and others, have raised thousands for Teenage Cancer Trust in Georgina’s memory.
The charity works to support young cancer patients and their families with expert care and support so that they do not have to face cancer on their own.
7 young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. Yesterday (February 4th), on World Cancer Day, people and charities came together to raise awareness of the disease and the steps that can be taken to prevent and fight it.
Anna and her constituency office team will be taking part in challenges and holding events throughout the year, including cycling the coast to coast, to raise as much money as they can for the Trust.
She kicked off the campaign with Redcar Town under-18s girls team who are wearing Teenage Cancer Trust kits this season, sponsored by Anna on behalf of the charity.
“Georgina’s bravery, positivity and musical talent were an inspiration to so many as she fought her illness and shared her amazing voice with the world.
Following their devastating loss, Paul, Helen, Joe and their friends have done brilliant work raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of their daughter, sister and friend.
I am proud to be joining them in supporting the Trust who are helping thousands of young people like Georgina, undergoing treatment for cancer. The money we raise will allow them to help get expert care and support to more young people who need it. It is also great to have the backing of Redcar Town this year in raising awareness of the Trust with their new sponsored kits.
Georgina’s story is heartbreaking but the money raised in her memory will help improve the lives of many others living with cancer.”
Louise Miles Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust in the North East, commented:
“Currently for every one young person with cancer that we reach, there is another we are unable to. Cancer is frightening, bewildering and traumatic for people of any age but for young people going through so many life changes, the timing is especially cruel. This is why support from Anna, her team and Redcar Town is crucial to help us fundraise, raise awareness and make sure that we can reach every young person in the future. We would like to say a big thank you as well to Paul, Helen and Joe who continue, along with tremendous support from the local community, to fundraise, raise awareness and hence support other local young people with cancer in memory of their beautiful daughter Georgina.”
Image: Redcar Town U18 Girls team in their new kits sponsored by Anna on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust
About Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. We build specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.
Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience.
Teenage Cancer Trust also educates young people and health professionals about cancer to ensure a swift diagnosis and referral to specialist support. Cancer in young people is rare but we want young people to know the common signs and symptoms so they can seek medical advice if they are worried.
We rely solely on donations to fund our vital work. You can help transform the lives of young people with cancer. Visit www.teenagecancertrust.org to find out how.