We are excited to announce that we have received a £95,000 worth early Christmas present from leading health plan provider Simplyhealth. This life-changing grant will help us reach thousands more people in 2017.
The donation will fund three of our key services, developing support courses for teenagers, young adults and their families, Follow On sessions and a Treatment Support Clinic, primarily across the South West.
Laura Kerby, our CEO, said: “Diagnosis can provoke shock, anger, fear and uncertainty. Treatment can cause complex consequences including depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, relationship issues and financial struggles. We are delighted to receive this wonderful grant, which means we can reach even more people and their families facing similar issues.”
Now with the grant we’ll be able to extend our Living Well services and aid a venture, with Teenage and Young Adult with Cancer Service to adapt Living Well for South West young people and their parents over next year.
Jamie Cargill, Teenage Cancer Trust lead nurse for the South West, said: “Over the last year we’ve been working with Penny Brohn to improve the wellbeing and holistic needs of young people with cancer. Diagnosis at any age is devastating, but when you are young it can particularly impact every aspect of life. Young people tell us that if you help the people around them, they will cope better with the treatment they face. This grant is fantastic – it allows Living Well to be delivered across the South West, benefiting many more young people and their families.”
Part of the grant will also fund a year of Follow On’s and Treatment Support Clinic reaching over 700 people.
Roger Cotton, Simplyhealth Head of Corporate Giving, says: “We’ve seen Penny Brohn UK’s fantastic centre first-hand and know how valued the clinic and Living Well course are to many patients and their families. We’re delighted that our donation will help the charity provide Living Well to teenagers and young adults, and that many people will continue to be supported with their everyday health needs through the Follow On appointments.”