For over 5 years FACE has been supporting the development of a special unit in St Georges that will uplift the experiences of children and young adults while they are in hospital being treated for cancer, by creating a special zone for relaxation, communication, and enjoyment. A specialist nurse advocate (funded by MacMillan Nurses) will be based in the room to support young people.
The chill-out room was officially opened on 18th September by our local MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan with St George’s staff, governers and members of FACE – it was great to hear from a young patient about how much this will mean to them and staff who will be working there.
This was only possible thanks to all the fundraising efforts locally; including Graveney School and FCN. This successful outcome demonstrates what a caring and brilliant community we live in. By uniting efforts from individuals, families, schools, organisations, and enterprises in and around Furzedown we can make such a difference and have helped make this dream become a reality.
Please read more in the official press release HERE
We are delighted to announce that on Monday 19 June 2017 the chill-out room for young people with cancer opened at St George’s Hospital. We were delighted to come to see the room and meet Nikki, the TYA nurse who will be using this room as a base for counselling and therapeutic activities.
Over 6 years we have raised almost £20,000 to enable St George’s Hospital transform a small tatty staff room into a relaxing oasis for young people with cancer, as well as being a base for Nikki, a specialist nurse (funded by Macmillan Nurses) who will provide support and therapeutic activities – which we are hoping to support in the future.
This has only been possible thanks to the support of Furzedown neighbours, local schools, businesses and friends. Including the generous donations from Heyland & Whittle, plus fundraising and support from Graveney School and FCN.
Thanks to the staff at Bloomsbury, the room looked great and they really saved the day when one of the tables caught fire just before the guests arrived – they put it out and relaid everything without any fuss!
Heads &Tails were looked after by Hannah, and Ava!
The lucky winner of a weekend at the Bloomsbury hotel – Dave Sollis – was chosen by Sally Light, the chief executive of MNDA.
We went over today to present a cheque for £3000 to St George’s Hospital to Consultant Dr Nick Hyde and Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse June Allen. We were made very welcome and had a good chat!
They are all looking forward to the new appointment starting in April which will help teens and young adults receiving cancer treatment in the hospital. Every year over 150 young people between 16 and 24 go to St George’s so there is a real need!