As well as meeting patients and joining in the celebrations, the brothers presented the young people with an Arcade Machine as a special present.
James said: “We’ve been supporting Teenage Cancer Trust for a while now because they’re such a great charity. It was great to see this unit today and celebrate this milestone with the unit, the young people and the charity.”
Oliver adds: “Teenage Cancer Trust know that teenagers don’t stop being teenagers just because they have cancer, so we thought an arcade machine was a great way to keep them occupied during long stays in hospitals. We’ve certainly enjoyed playing on it today, and we hope the young people do too!”
The twelve bed unit took the charity four years to develop and opened to patients in 2010. The unit cares for patients aged 13 to 18 with bone and soft tissue tumours from the West Midlands as well as across the UK. Teenage Cancer Trust recently opened an additional space for 18-24 year olds in the same hospital.
The unit, which includes two six-bed bays, all equipped with TV and DVD/CD playing facilities and a parent’s recliner chair/bed, provides a home from home for many young people and their families. Unlike ‘ordinary’ hospital wards, it has a conservatory with a lounge area including a pool table, digital jukebox and gaming zone, a kitchen with built in appliances, an outside patio as well as access to media facilities such as the internet, TV and music.
Source: Teenage Cancer Trust