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They conquered a mountain and swam Lake Como for Maisie and the Teenage Cancer Trust!


Norfolk Homes are delighted to have sponsored our Marketing Consultant, Belinda James, helping her  and Team Maisie raise much needed funds with for the Teenage Cancer Trust’s C9 ward at Addenbrookes's Hospital. Belinda and a group of friends from Wymondham (Team Maisie) have just completed a gruelling ascent up a mountain higher than Ben Nevis, in the soaring temperatures of a heatwave, followed by a challenging swim across Lake Como!!! 

The fundraising event was inspired by Maisie Colquhoun, from Wymondham, who was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma when she was 15 years old. Maisie received chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Addenbrooke’s;  she was brave, positive and determined to fight the cancer but tragically she died shortly after her 17th birthday. Maisie and her family wanted to ensure that every young person with cancer has access to and knows about the Teenage Cancer Trust's treatment units and the wonderful support they give not only to the patient but the whole family. 
 
Alfie Carpenter from Norwich received treatment for leukaemia at a TCT unit;
 
'I had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), the treatment lasts three years. The feeling of being told that news is like no other. It's a mixture of sadness, fear, anger and confusion all bundled together in a frenzy of disbelief. The TCT ward I was treated on was a true life saver for me. It had a feel of a youth club, where young people can hang out and occupy their minds and, at times, made you forget you're even in a hospital. The wonderful support team, all funded by the TCT, were there to organise fun activities, massage and relaxation, social events outside the hospital and sometimes were just there as someone to talk to when times were hard. I was on the ward for quite a few months and, yes, it was difficult after a while and I definitely would have preferred to have been out in the real world, however, for me, the ward started to feel like a home. At a time when I felt a bit lost in life and my health was in chaos, the TCT gave me a sense of purpose and a reason to smile among all the madness of having cancer.
 
Thankfully, my story has a happy ending. I went on to graduate from university and become a practising artist and am now 6 years cancer free and fully recovered. Many of my friends weren't so fortunate, which is why it is vital we keep on supporting the TCT as it provides a service that makes such a huge difference to a young person and their supporting family as they are going through cancer. '
 
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. Almost half of young people with cancer are not treated in Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) units. So theTCT are building a wider Nursing & Support Service within the NHS to help all young people, wherever they receive treatment. To make this happen, they need to raise more than £20 million every year and they rely on donations to fund their vital work. 
 
Team Maisie have to reach their goal of  £10,000 so if you would like to donate and help the work of this wonderful charity please visit www.themaisie100.com, thank you! 
 

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