Twelve months of fundraising by one of Jersey’s largest private sector employers has seen £50,000 donated to Teenage Cancer Trust Jersey Appeal. The funds will be used towards the build and furnish of a specialist teenage cancer unit in Southampton.
The money was raised by RBC Wealth Management employees, who undertook a range of activities including: a Smarties fundraiser, where staff donated their spare change in empty Smarties tubes; coming to work wearing clothing beginning with the letter T; dress down Fridays and a Christmas Ball. A highlight from the year was the ‘50 years in Jersey – Big Birthday Cake Sale’, which included a cake made by Michelin-starred Bohemia chef Shaun Rankin.
Liz Barlow, Chair of the Teenage Cancer Trust Jersey Appeal, said: ‘This is a magnificent and hugely generous donation. The money will go towards not only the build but also help furnish the new unit in Southampton, and will make a real difference for Jersey patients.’
The unit will be available for all Channel Island teenage cancer patients by referral. It will consist of ten bedrooms, six of them en suite, allowing parents and friends to stay and offer support. It is planned that the unit will be completed and open for the summer of 2013.
Stuart Rutledge, Head of Global Trust, RBC Wealth Management, explained the significance of the sum raised: ‘I must pay tribute to each member of the business who has worked so hard and been so creative in raising this impressive amount, with the constant support and involvement of the Teenage Cancer Trust Jersey Appeal. It has been an incredible team effort and I’m extremely pleased that we’re able to contribute to such a worthy cause.’
RBC Wealth Management’s employees have chosen Headway, the brain injury association, as their chosen charity for 2013.