Cruel theft prompts charity unit donation
Cruel theft prompts charity unit donation
A Birmingham Teenage Cancer Trust unit, which was hit by a cruel thief who stole computers, computer games and DVD players, has been given a welcome boost by generous workers.
Staff at Pertemps People Development Group acted after reading that the computers and games, bought to help young patients cope with their illness and treatment, had been stolen from the new Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Northfield.
Every day in the UK six young people are diagnosed with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust funds specialist teenage cancer units in NHS hospitals that are designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome. There are currently 17 of these units across the country, including three in Birmingham.
Angela Clarke, PPDG employment coach, said: I was really shocked when I heard about the theft. I just couldnt believe that anyone could be so cruel. I felt deeply upset and I had to try to help.
The unit is for teenagers aged 13 to 19, and they come from all over the country for surgical procedures when they have bone cancers. Without the Teenage Cancer Trust unit, the teenagers would have nowhere to relax and have a bit of fun. Some of them are there for months and so relaxation is a really important part of their recovery.
Teenage Cancer Trust refurbished an existing space and added in bright colours and comfortable chairs as well as laptops, broadband, a Nintendo Wii, Playstation, games and DVD players. The week before the room was due to open someone broke in and stole all the items the charity had provided. I am thrilled that we have been able to help replace some of the items which will help young people as they fight to recover from this terrible disease.
A contribution of 600 was awarded by staff at Edgbaston-based employment experts Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), which has offices throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Angela went to the hospital with colleague Carrie Blake to hand over the companys donation. She added: When we went to the ward to make the donation and meet the patients I was so touched. The hospital staff and the charity representatives are all such amazing people.
The young people on the unit are so ill and yet so incredibly brave. To be welcomed in for a tour was a huge privilege and something that was inspirational for me. The hard work that has gone in to it all is just outstanding and Im pleased we were able to help.
Sixteen-year-old patient Aidan Reeve and his father Clive, from Ipswich, welcomed the donation. Clive said: Aidan has suffered from an Osteo-sarcoma, or bone tumour, in his thigh. This has been treated with chemo-therapy at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and then removed and repaired with great surgery at Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
While no-one enjoys being in hospital, Aidan found the facilities in the Teenage Cancer Trust room a welcome change to just being on the ward, and was most grateful for the donation to assist with replacing equipment and helping to keep the room available for all teenagers. He found it to be a well planned room with plenty of facilites and activities available to take his mind off the surgery a little.
Bob Carter, regional fundraising manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, said: The Pertemps team acted so quickly and so sensitively. Everyone at Teenage Cancer Trust is extremely grateful for their support and fundraising efforts. It has been a pleasure to work with their whole team who, we are sure, will be an inspiration to other future supporters and we look forward to a forthcoming working relationship with the caring company.
Teenage Cancer Trust received the donation from PPDGs Give As You Earn (GAYE) scheme as part of its active community support programme. PPDG workers contribute each month to a payroll giving scheme and have donated more than 120,000 to good causes and charities, many supporting the disabled and disadvantaged. PPDG has been recognised by the Institute of Fundraising as operating one of the best payroll giving schemes in the UK.
PPDG delivers the Governments Welfare to Work strategy across the Midlands through Flexible New Deal, Work Focused Training and other employment initiatives. PPDG is using its vast experience of helping long-term unemployed people get back into work to help local jobseekers secure employment opportunities.
PPDGs team of employment experts provide advice on benefits, confidence building, one-to-one support, CV and interview preparation as well as finding the right job or training course. In partnership with DWP, the Ministry of Justice and Jobcentre Plus, PPDG delivers a diverse range of employment and training initiatives including Flexible New Deal, Working Neighbourhoods Fund, Learndirect and many ESF funded programmes.
More than 100,000 job seekers have been helped into sustained employment by the company since the projects began. It has trained 130,000 people in vocational skills, and over 175,000 people have benefitted from professional information, advice and guidance services.