Money raised by cancer patient Stephen Sutton will be spent on training for cancer nurses, as well as specialist units and patient support, according to a charity.
Stephen Sutton died aged 19 in May, after launching an appeal in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. His fundraising efforts on social media became a global phenomenon earlier this year, especially his video diaries.
“We will do more in the next five years than ever before”
Donations resulting from the Staffordshire teenager’s campaign have so far reached £5m.
The Teenage Cancer Trust today outlined how it would be spending the money, citing “four key areas” of its work.
It said £2.9m would be invested in specialist cancer units for teenagers. The charity will be building two completely new units and improving six others across seven cities – Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Liverpool, Oxford, Nottingham and Sheffield.
A further £1.2m will be spent on training for nurses and other professionals working with teenagers with cancer and also supporting research in the area. It includes funding for scholarships for Coventry University’s postgraduate certificate in teenage and young adult cancer care.
Meanwhile, £500,000 will be invested in digital information services about cancer for young patients and £200,000 to help patients attend Find Your Sense of Tumour – a weekend conference run by the trust to help young people with cancer make friends, share experiences and have fun.
Siobhan Dunn, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Stephen trusted us to spend the money well and to ‘keep doing what we do’ and this is reflected in our plans. We will do more in the next five years than ever before.”
She added: “Stephen’s gift to a charity of our size is more than money – the awareness raised of cancer in young people and new supporters inspired by Stephen will be essential if we are to help every young person with cancer who needs us.”