A Christmas campaign is set to help us continue our work to support young people aged 16-25 with cancer by providing a specialist nurse. The Big Give, Christmas challenge will enable us to double donations received over a 7 day period.
A chance to double donations is on the cards as supporters get set to support The Big Give – A national campaign of ‘match-giving’ to charity.
The Big Give is a non-profit, charitable website which enables donors to support charity projects. Its main activity is online match funding. It is one of the largest online giving campaigns in the UK. The campaign launches on #GivingTuesday, 28 November from 12 noon until Tuesday 5 December.
Every donation given to Cobalt through The Big Give website up to £12,500 will be doubled making a fantastic £25,000 up for grabs.
Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said: “The money raised through The Big Give will be used to help to continue to fund a Teenage and Young Adults with Cancer (TYA) Specialist Nurse post for Gloucestershire. This service supports young people diagnosed with cancer from 16-25 years old. A cancer diagnosis at that age turns a young person’s life upside down. They sometimes have to move back home, put education plans on hold or give up work and they have very different biological, physiological and social needs to an adult”.
Megan Willsher, Cobalt Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Nurse said: “I am one of only five teenage and young adult Cancer Specialist Nurses in the South West. My role ensures these patients are supported throughout their cancer journey and beyond, helping them to move forward with their life, as they would have without the intrusion of cancer”.
Jordan Mustoe from Cheltenham talks about the incredible support she received from Megan, Cobalt Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Specialist Nurse, when at age 24 she was diagnosed with Leukaemia: “Being diagnosed with Leukaemia was a massive shock, my life changed as soon as I found out and I knew I had a massive fight on my hands. The impact was huge, family and friends all had to get their heads around this.
Megan was a massive support while I was very poorly. She would always come and see me and cheer me up. I struggled to fill in forms to claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Megan was a massive help. She also told me about the charities that were about for poorly people like me, who would provide money for things like new clothes as I had lost a lot of weight. If I had a question about anything I could call or text her, whatever day it was and I would always see her lovely face at my door within the hour with the answer to my question. She was fantastic”.
Find out more
The Charity is holding a reception on Thursday 23 November from 5-7pm for anyone who would like to know more about The Big Give and Cobalt’s work. Supporters can also find out more at https://www.cobalthealth.co.uk/support-us/the-big-give-2017/.
Photos – Jordan Mustoe, aged 24 from Cheltenham and a former patient of Cobalt Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Specialist Nurse, Megan Willsher
Cobalt Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Specialist Nurse, Megan Willsher