Players from the Elite Development Squad paid a visit to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit to see first-hand how they are helping young cancer patients from the region.
George Evans, George Glendon, Pablo Maffeo and Angelino, together with boss Patrick Vieira, met with inspirational patients, their families and ward nurses at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to learn about the facility and the invaluable support they are providing.
Over 200 young people are diagnosed with cancer in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire every year and the Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival.
Their five bed unit opened last year and cares for patients aged 13-16 from across the Greater Manchester area. Consisting of a four bed bay, a single en-suite room and a social area with a TV, games console and jukebox, the unit provides a home from home for patients and their families.
Vieira paid tribute to the youngsters he met: “It has been a real privilege to come to this fantastic facility and meet these inspirational young people.
“Many of our EDS squad are teenagers so it puts things into perspective for them to come here and talk to the patients about their experiences with cancer.
“We first got involved with the Teenage Cancer Trust back in April when we dedicated one of our matches to Stephen Sutton’s inspirational story. It was only right that we come here and see for ourselves how the charity is making a difference in Manchester.”
Vanessa Simmons, Teenage Cancer Trust Regional Fundraising Manager for the North West said: “We are really grateful to Patrick and the EDS team for visiting the unit and supporting Teenage Cancer Trust. For every one young person we help in the North West there is another we can’t, so the support from fundraising events include the team’s match in honour of Stephen Sutton is vital to fund our work.”