Our Space Ward 27!
Aviva is actively involved in supporting local projects in our community. Employees from Aviva’s Leicester office, Nicola Shaw and Jane Porter, went along to the Young People’s Cancer Unit at the LRI. They presented a £2,000 cheque to Tim Diggle, Head of Fundraising, and Rachel Boardman, Ward Sister on the Unit.
The Unit is decorated in light, bright tones creating an environment quite unlike a hospital ward. It really is an inspirational place. The aim is to provide age appropriate care to children and young people aged 0 to 24 with a diagnosis of cancer, supporting them and their loved ones through their cancer journey.
The teenage area was funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust, the children’s area and the shared treatment area were funded by Leicester Hospitals Charity. The whole project was supported by individuals and local groups including the Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust.
There are 12 beds on the Unit which can support the treatment of up to 70 children and young adults at one time. Nicola and Jane were introduced to Lucy, a friendly and happy little girl, who was delighted to be photographed with Nicola and the £2,000 cheque!
Since the patients started using the Unit there’s been profound changes in their behaviour, particularly amongst those who would otherwise have been treated on adult wards. The children are very relaxed on the Unit (the Consultants have learned not to make ward rounds in the morning because the patients are still in bed, asleep). They are very engaged with their treatment and are forming very strong bonds with other patients on the Unit. All of this points to better outcomes for them in the future in terms of their treatment.
A close friend of Nicola’s, Sophie Roberts was treated at the LRI before the Unit opened. Sophie was fondly remembered by the nursing staff and would have been very proud of the Unit’s achievements.