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On 11 July MedEquip4Kids launched a partnership with cancer charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation to launch a new project to furnish a Family Room for young people in the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital.

The centre’s in-patient Ribblesdale Ward provides specialist treatment for young people from across Lancashire and South Cumbria who are suffering from adult cancers, in particular young men with testicular cancer.  They may be in hospital for a prolonged period, away from family and the support of their peers at a frightening time.

The creation of the Family Room is part of an £842,000 project to remodel the Ribblesdale Ward to achieve the best possible treatment environment for patients. The room  will include a kitchenette and dining area and a lounge equipped with a TV, DVD player and Xbox. It will be decorated to ensure the environment is as non-clinical, homely and age-appropriate as possible.

Sue Thompson, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Chief Officer,  said: “The room will provide young patients with a comfortable, private space in which they can come together with friends and family at a very stressful time.  It gives them a space away from the bedside, where they can do normal things like watch TV, play a game, make a snack or catch up over a cuppa.  It will never be home, but for a while at least we hope it will be the next best thing.”

MedEquip4Kids aims to raise funds for the Family Room with the support of principal sponsors VINCI Construction UK, from the proceeds of the  annual Shimmer Ball and other fundraising initiatives. VINCI have supported the charity since 2009 and to date have raised over £300,000 for children’s healthcare.

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“The materials provided greatly help with the therapeutic process and engaging children, young people and their families in therapeutic work. The young people greatly appreciate having this equipment to use within their sessions. Many of the young people we see have a history of trauma including neglect and being able to access materials that they can use and enjoy is of great benefit and hopefully assists us to reinforce the messages of their worth as their self-concept is often very low.”

Michaela Foster
CAMHS Young People’s Team
Leicestershire CAMHS Partnership

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