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The Big Give 2023 — one donation twice the impact

Donations made between Tuesday 28th November – Tuesday 5th December will be doubled by our fantastic pledgers – we have up to £19,000 in match funding available! This means that a donation of £55 with Gift Aid and with match funding becomes £123.75. This is enough to support one young patient for a whole month. Any donation, large or small will make a difference.

Megan and Jakob

What is The Big Give?

The Big Give is a match funding platform dedicated to making it easy for the public and funders to give to impactful charities. The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest match-funded campaign and we need your support to help fund our teenagers and young adults cancer nurse.

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Meet Megan Willsher

Megan is our teenagers and young adults cancer nurse, and we need to raise £32,594 every year to keep supporting her role. We interviewed Megan to find out more about how she supports teenagers and young adults with cancer in Gloucestershire.

Megan Willsher

One donation, twice the impact

For seven days, the Christmas challenge offers supporters of Cobalt the opportunity to have their donations matched (up to £19,000). So any donation you make towards supporting Megan between 28th November – 5th December will be doubled without any extra cost to you!

Meet Megan — Cobalt's Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer Nurse Specialist

Cobalt has been funding a Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Cancer Nurse, servicing the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

Megan was appointed as the Cobalt TYA Cancer Nurse in June 2011 and is based at Cheltenham General Hospital, linking with colleagues in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Bristol and Birmingham; she is one of only five TYA Cancer Specialist Nurses in the South West.

Megan ensures that an appropriate framework, for meeting the needs of young adult cancer patients, is established at a time when they are most vulnerable.

The impact of a cancer diagnosis on children and families can be immense. Young cancer patients have unique biological, physiological and social needs during treatment which are distinct from other cancer patients. For teenagers and young adults, traditionally little care has put into place that delivers according to their specific needs, with patients often either treated alongside children of a younger age, or with adults.

We caught up with Megan to find out more about her role, how many young adults and teenagers with cancer are in her care, and what a typical working day involves.

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Thank you

Championed by The Reed Foundation with support from The Fieldrose Charitable Trust and Brian Shaw Memorial Trust.

Donate via bank transfer (gifts over £500)

You can add funds to a Big Give donor account via bank transfer, which can then be used to make your donation to Cobalt during the Big Give. Funds are securely held by the Big Give, and donations are processed by Stripe. Please remember to donate between 28 November – 05 December.