Chester-based Sykes Holiday Cottages has raised £26,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
Over the past year Sykes colleagues took part in a range of fundraising activities to help raise the money for the holiday home rental agency’s chosen charity.
From cutting their hair or taking part in a sky dive, to holding bake sales and organising a Christmas raffle, the team put all their efforts into raising funds to help young people facing cancer.
For over 30 years TCT has worked in partnership with the NHS to create cancer services for teenagers and young adults across the UK which the money from Sykes will go towards supporting.
Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “The care and guidance TCT provide young people is invaluable and we hope that the money raised by our team can go some way to support this.
“The team’s efforts in raising these funds really showed the spirit and determination of our colleagues – with some pushing themselves out of their comfort zone whether it be jumping out a plane or trying out a new hairstyle.”
Emma Cross, Relationship Manager for the North West & Yorkshire at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Cancer is tough, and can leave teenagers and young people feeling isolated, scared and out of control. It can have a lasting impact on their future, even for those who recover. TCT puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond.
“We are completely dependent on donations to achieve this as we receive no government funding which is why the support of Sykes Holiday Cottages has been so vital. We’re extremely thankful to all employees at Sykes Holiday Cottages whose incredible fundraising efforts will help us to continue to ensure no young person in the UK faces cancer alone.”
TCT has a network of 28 age-appropriate hospital wards and the charity funds a dedicated team of over 100 nurses and youth support coordinators who are experts in meeting the unique and complex needs of young people with cancer.
The charity has a specialist unit in almost every major NHS cancer treatment hospital across England where they fund expert nurses, Youth Support Coordinators and Multidisciplinary Team Coordinators to provide the care and support for young people facing cancer. They also fund specialist outreach nurses who work regionally across the country, ensuring that every young person with cancer has access to expert care, no matter where they are.