Helping Teenage Cancer Trust achieve their goals in 2014

The PPL charity committee have once again chosen to support Teenage Cancer Trust in 2014.

After a successful year of fundraising, we’re on track to raise £10,000 for the charity so dedicated to improving the lives of 13 -24’s diagnosed with cancer, and look forward to financially contributing even more next year.

Teenage Cancer Trust recognises that it’s difficult enough to be a teenager; never mind having to deal with a disease such as cancer. They build specialist units in NHS hospitals which improve both quality of life for teenagers and their chances of survival against the life-threatening disease.

To this day, the Teenage Cancer Trust has built and now maintains 25 units across the UK. They also have plans to build a further ten so that no matter where they live in the UK, young people will have access to the specialist support they need to treat cancer – a goal PPL want to help them achieve.

PPL staff can’t wait to get involved and have raised £8,200 since the start of 2013 through a range of fundraising activities; from bike rides to swimathons, cakes sales to cinema nights – with an upcoming special screening of The Shining for Halloween planned in October.

Most recently, five PPL runners took part in the Nike+ ‘Run to the Beat’ half music marathon; where they were motivated onto the finish line by a soundtrack provided by live DJs and artists such as Jessie J. Just under £1,000 was fundraised in support of the team, and participant Mark Douglas, Chief Technology Officer, recalled “knowing that we were raising further funds for Teenage Cancer Trust was a big factor when the going got tough.”

Music unites PPL and Teenage Cancer Trust; with many of the charity’s fundraising activities being musical events and ambassadors such as long-standing patron Roger Daltrey (The Who), responsible for creating the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts held annually at Royal Albert Hall, and also Noel Gallagher who curated this year’s suite of shows in March.

Jonathan Morrish, Director of PR & Corporate Communications, PPL, and charity committee member has said:

“PPL is delighted to continue its association with Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s a fantastic organisation and like us, is bonded together by music and musicians. The elected charity is a staff vote and lots of people have done a wide range of things through the year to raise money and we can now really plan more events and stunts for next year to raise an even larger sum!”

Teenage Cancer Trust’s Music Relations Manager Angie Jenkison has commented:

 “We are so grateful and excited that PPL have chosen Teenage Cancer Trust as their official charity for another year.  We have had some fun at their cake bakes and cinema nights! Music is at the heart of both PPL and Teenage Cancer Trust and indeed the lives of young people. All the money raised will help go straight towards helping Young People in the UK fight cancer and get the best possible outcome.”

Find out about more about how the Teenage Cancer Trust transforms the lives of young people with cancer by visiting their website or join their community on Facebook. And for more updates on how we’ll be helping, follow @ppluk on Twitter.