Dinas Powys Tennis Club juniors host a charity tournament to help local young cancer patients

DINAS Powys Tennis Club is hosting a charity fundraising day this weekend to help young cancer patients across South Wales once again.

Junior club captains Jack Thomas and Libby Smith will be holding an open day and tournament on Saturday, May 18, between 10am–2pm at Dinas Powys Lawn Tennis Club in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Jack and Libby decided to fundraise after hearing an educational talk given by the charity at their local school and wishing to support friends and young people who they knew were fighting the disease which had been treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Cardiff.

Debbie Jones, regional fundraising manager for South Wales said: “This is the second year the junior captains and the club have chosen to support the vital work that we do for young people affected by cancer in South Wales.

"Last year they raised more than £860 for us, all of which was used to support our unit, The Skypad in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. Every £25 of the money that they raise could help us provide an hour of specialist nursing care to a teenager or young adult living with cancer. We’re delighted that they’ve chosen to support us again as look forward to hearing all about the event. Good luck to everyone taking part.”

Jen Thomas, one of the organisers of the event said: “There will be a touch tennis tournament 10am-noon all equipment is provided, all ages welcome and you don't have to be a tennis player to take part. After the tournament there will be a barbecue and other refreshments followed by an exhibition doubles match featuring our adult county players. Please come along and support us support Teenage Cancer Trust.

Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations and all money raised by everyone at Dinas Powys Lawn Tennis Club will go towards the maintenance of the specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit at University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, funding specialist staff and supporting free cancer awareness sessions the charity runs in schools, colleges and universities across the region.

Every day seven young people aged 13 to 24 from across the UK are diagnosed with cancer and almost 150 are diagnosed across Wales every year. Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age in a Teenage Cancer Trust unit can make a huge difference to their whole experience.

Teenage Cancer Trust opened its state-of-the-art eight bed unit at University Hospital Wales in 2009. The unit caters for young cancer patients aged between 14 and 25 and includes a chill-out zone, access to media facilities such as the internet, TV and music, a dining area, patients kitchen and parents room with kitchenette. The vibrant wall designs and furniture also help make the unit a home-from-home experience.

If you would like to support The Skypad by taking part in the tournament or finding out more about the open day then please visit call the club on 02920512163.

To support Teenage Cancer Trust in South Wales please contact Debbie Jones on debbie.jones@teenagecancertrust.org or call 07985 471429. For more information on Teenage Cancer Trust visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

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