Corby fundraiser hands over thousands to hospital

Karen Young
Karen Young

A young fundraiser from Corby has raised funds for a new cancer unit while receiving treatment.

Karen Young, 24, has raised more than £4,450 for the Our Space Appeal, which was set up to create the new Children’s Young People’s and Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Karen and the McIntosh family organised a charity dance, and got family members and friends involved to help raise the money. Karen’s brother, Paul Young, and friend, Martin Curran, took part in a sponsored head shave and body wax and 15-year-old Abbie-Rose Attfield gave up her phone and social networking for a week.

Karen was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago and had treatment on the haematology ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary. She said: “When I was admitted in to hospital I was on a ward with people much older people than me, and with no family locally I often felt isolated and lonely.

“Now the new unit is completed I am in the final stages of my treatment but I am so pleased that others will have this fantastic facility, which will hopefully make their journeys slightly easier.”

Karen and her mum, Sheena, will present Karen’s doctor, Ann Hunter, a consultant haematologist, with the money on Thursday (March 14).

Dr Hunter said: “I have been privileged to watch over Karen as she has progressed through her treatment with great personal fortitude, and her commitment to help others while facing her own problems has been awe inspiring, she is a very special lady.

“We are thrilled with the new unit and thank Karen and all her helpers for their support and contribution.”

The new unit was officially opened by Olympian Lisa Dobriskey on Monday, February 25.

The specialised unit was a joint £1.4m project between the Our Space Appeal and Teenage Cancer Trust.

It includes a dedicated upgraded space for children with cancer, from birth to 18 years old with a four-bed bay, three side rooms and a large playroom and televisions.

Next to it is the new Teenage Cancer Trust Unit that provides separate medical and recreational facilities for 13- to 24-year-olds, with a two-bed bay and three single en-suite rooms, including internet access, a chill out room and an area to make snacks.

There is also a new dedicated treatment centre adjoining the unit for both groups of patients.

For more information about donating to the Our Space Appeal and Leicester Hospital’s charity contact Debbie Adlerstein on 0116 258 8531 or email debbie.adlerstein@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

To find out more about the appeal go to www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/ourspaceappeal