Posted on Thursday 26 May 2022

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NHS Property Services raise over £50k for young cancer patients in 1st year of partnership

Today (26th May 2022) marks the first anniversary of the charity partnership between Lives vs Cancer and NHS Property Services.

In 2021, NHS Property Services staff voted for Young Lives vs Cancer to be their new three-year charity partner, and have since taken on challenges including climbing Mount Snowdon, completing Tough Mudders, and conquering the Three Peaks challenge. The partnership has raised over £50,000 in just 12 months.

The government-owned company, which helps the NHS get the most from its estate, will support the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people during the three year partnership (between 2021-2024), with money raised going towards Young Lives vs Cancer’s Homes from Home which are vital for many of the families and young people the charity support.  The Homes provide families with free accommodation when their child is having treatment and they give them the chance to cook their favourite meals, do laundry, and be together during really difficult times.

Jo Hancock, Head of High Value Fundraising Development, Philanthropy and Partnerships, Young Lives vs Cancer, says: “I want to say an enormous thank you to everyone at NHSPS for your absolutely phenomenal fundraising efforts over the last year. In the first year of our partnership, you have raised a staggering £50,000 for Young Lives vs Cancer, supporting over 267 children and young people with cancer and their families. That’s just a phenomenal fundraising success and we are so excited to see what you go on to do in the next two years of our partnership so thank you very much from all of us.”

Rhea Horlock, Head of CSR at NHSPS says: “The work Young Lives vs Cancer does to support children and young people with cancer and their families is invaluable and their values and strategy align very well to our own. The partnership has been better than we ever thought it could be and I am very proud of the efforts of our colleagues across the business. To raise £50,000 is a fantastic achievement and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve in the next two years.”

Cancer treatment for young people can last up to three years and families can face extra costs of £600 each month for travelling and food. Young Lives vs Cancer’s Homes from Home provide clean, safe and homely accommodation for families when they most need it, completely free.

For more information, an interview or images, please contact Alison Millar, Senior Media and Communications Officer at Young Lives vs Cancer on 07775 723 755 or email alison.millar@younglivesvscancer.org.uk

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