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Teenage Cancer Trust is a cancer care and support charity in the UK that exists to improve the cancer experience of young people aged 13–24. Founded in 1990, the charity's key service is providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. It also trains and funds staff who are teenage cancer specialists. The units are dedicated areas for teenage and young adult patients, who are involved in their concept and creation. Medical facilities on the units are equipped with computers, TVs and game consoles.

Teenage Cancer Trust
Registration no.1062559 (England & Wales)
SC039757 (Scotland)
FocusTeenage and young adult cancer patients
Area served
United Kingdom
ProductCancer treatment centers and support in local areas, specialist cancer staff and education and advocacy programme
£13.5 million (2013)

To date, the charity has built 28 units in cities including London, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Southampton, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bristol, Cambridge, Hull, Leicester, Nottingham and Wirral.[1]

The charity also serves as an advocate for teenage cancer needs, promoting related research and national and international forums. It also provides support services and education related to teenage and young adult cancer.



The idea for the charity grew by chance out of the eagerness of a group of women to organise a fashion show to fund a children's intensive care heart unit at Guy's Hospital, London. It was established in 1990.


The Teenage Cancer Trust was registered as a charity in the United Kingdom on 29 May 1997, and holds registration number 1062559 (England & Wales) and SC039757 (Scotland). Today the organisation operates from offices in West London, with an annual income of around £6½M a year.

Presidents of the charity are Dr Adrian Leon Whiteson OBE and Myrna Nita Whiteson MBE. The trustees of the charity are David Hoare (Chairman), Dr John Matlin, Ronnie Harris, Andrew Hughes, Alan Patten, Richard Barry Rosenberg and Paul Spanswich.[2]

The patrons of the charity are Sarah, Duchess of York and Roger Daltrey.[3]

Celebrity involvementEdit

Endorsed by The Who's Roger Daltrey, tribute band The Whodlums perform at a benefit concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust in December 2012.[4]

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of rock band The Who have been intimately involved with the annual charity concerts at Royal Albert Hall. Daltrey has endorsed 'The Whodlums', a Who tribute band based in North East England, which regularly raises money for the Trust.[5][6]

Some of the many artists and celebrities who have lent their support to the cause include Ash, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Suede, Stereophonics, Glenn Tipton, McFly, Ronnie Wood, Chris Martin, The Specials, Muse, The Fratellis, Noel Fielding, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Russell Brand, Damon Albarn, Paul Weller, Them Crooked Vultures, Steve Cradock, Duffy, Arctic Monkeys, Bullet for my Valentine, Bring Me the Horizon, Florence and the Machine, VV Brown, Antony and the Johnsons, Seth Lakeman, Kate Rusby, Fairport Convention, Fightstar, The Blackout, Depeche Mode, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Biffy Clyro, Editors, Beady Eye, Mathew Horne, One Direction, James Corden, The Vamps and Duran Duran.

Other celebrities who have supported the charity are Joe McElderry, Frank Lampard, Holly Willoughby, Gerald Scarfe, Jameela Jamil, Jorgie Porter and Harry Judd.

Corporate supportersEdit

Corporate supporters include The FA, The Body Shop, Text Santa, The Dallaglio Foundation, MandMDirect and many more.[7]

Stephen SuttonEdit

In April 2014, Stephen Sutton, a teenager with stage 3B colorectal cancer, raised the most money Teenage Cancer Trust had ever received from an individual fundraiser.[8] Sutton died on 14 May 2014, but in September 2014 Teenage Cancer Trust announced how his fundraising total of £5 million campaign would be spent.[9] It was revealed in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2014 that he had been awarded an MBE in recognition of his fundraising and services to Teenage Cancer Trust.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Unit listing". Teenage Cancer Trust.
  2. ^ "Extract from the Central Register of Charities maintained by the Charity Commission for England and Wales". Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Patrons". Teenage Cancer Trust.
  4. ^ Hodgson, Barbara (18 December 2012). "Preview: The Whodlums at Newcastle O2 Academy". The Journal. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  5. ^ Davies, Katie (1 September 2010). "Roger Daltrey backs Newcastle tribute band". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  6. ^ Wearmouth, Rachel (3 June 2011). "2Toots Scooter Club raising funds for Amble boy Brandon Ballance". The Journal. Newcastle upon Tyne. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Our partners — As a company". Teenage Cancer Trust.
  8. ^ "Stephen Sutton makes 'largest' cancer charity donation". BBC News. 24 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Stephen's Story to fund cancer nurse training, units and support". Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  10. ^ "MBE for fundraiser Stephen Sutton in Birthday Honours list". Teenage Cancer Trust. Retrieved 23 September 2014.

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