A week at the Royal Albert Hall with the Teenage Cancer Trust
This week the spotlight is firmly, and quite rightly, cast on the wonderful people of Teenage Cancer Trust. Throughout this week some of the biggest artists in the world are descending on the most prestigious of venues, The Royal Albert Hall, to raise funds and awareness of teenage cancer. Now in its 17th year, the annual concert has raised over £19 million though ticket sales, donations and merchandise.
Founded in 1990, Teenage Cancer Trust's aim is to improve the lives of young people aged 13-24 who have been diagnosed with cancer. Since 1990 the charity has regularly raised huge sums of money that have gone to assist those who need it most. As well as providing specialist teenage units in NHS Hospitals, the charity 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. As of 2017, the TCT has built 28 specialised units in cities such as London, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Glasgow and many more.
If those impressive achievements were not enough, the TCT also serves as an advocate for teenage cancer needs, encouraging research and hosting both national and international forums.
Now reaching their 100th show at the Royal Albert Hall, the charity has Sir Roger Daltrey of The Who as their patron. One of the highlights of the musical calendar, the event witnesses some of the biggest musicians, comedians and celebrities convene upon the venue and participate as ambassadors.
This year sees an incredible range of talent with The Who, Pet Shop Boys, Olly Murs, Paul Weller, Ed Sheeran, Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing. As well as these musical gods there will also be performances from comedians Romash Ranganathan, Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges.
Throughout the whole week, each evening sees one of the stars joined by special guests for the gig.
Creative Awards London are proud and honoured to work with the Teenage Cancer Trust and to help to make the night both special for all those involved and to assist in building a legacy that will help young people in the future. This year's award was designed by none other than Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz and Tank Girl fame. The custom made awards feature a character in Hewlett's inimitable style made from resin and finished in gold holding a silver guitar.
This week promises to be full of exciting and magical moments that will touch the lives of many. What is important to remember is that when the lights go out on the Royal Albert Hall stage for the last time this week the momentum created from the shows must be maintained. For more information and to help improve the lives of many please visit Teenage Cancer Trust and give generously.