With your help we have now reached our target of raising £100,000 towards one room in the new Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We are so grateful for all your help and support in enabling us to achieve this target in memory of Maria.
On 14th October 2010, the Teenage Cancer Trust’s patron Roger Daltrey, and pop star and producer Mr Hudson, officially opened the new unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The unit opened to patients in February 2010 and provides care for 13 to 18 year olds with cancer across the West Midlands. The unit includes 6 inpatient beds, a den, lounge area, private kitchen, pool table, jukebox, internet, tv and stereo system. The state-of-the-art unit is a result of years of tireless fundraising by Teenage Cancer Trust and supporters in the region.
Matthew and Hilary Engel lost their 13 year old son Laurie to a rare and aggressive cancer in 2005. Since then the family have raised over £1.1million for Teenage Cancer Trust.
We will continue to support the Birmingham Unit in whatever way we can. By the end of 2010 some 400 teenagers received treatment there.
All the young people featured in the Birmingham brochure are patients currently undergoing treatment. There is also a piece dedicated to Maria at the end of the brochure.