Cramlington Rockets are showing their support to the Teenage Cancer Trust by donating the main sponsorship spot on their 2015 jersey.
The rugby league team has built a strong relationship with the Trust, displaying their logo on the Under 12s 2014 match strips and organising a number of fundraising events, including a recent charity movie quiz.
Open age coach Jordan Robinson said: “Hearing about the charity and the work they do for young people in the north east was really heart-warming.
“We have had increasing involvement with Teenage Cancer Trust in recent years and having heard more about what they do, it seems only logical to continue that support.”
The Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity that operates in the north east out of the RVI and Freeman hospitals in Newcastle and is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and the chances of survival for young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who have cancer.
The recent charity quiz held by the Rockets raised £1,600 for the Trust after being organised by chairman Jeff Ball and his family.
Jeff was inspired to arrange the event following his sister’s diagnosis with cancer aged only 18.
She received help from the Teenage Cancer Trust during her treatment at its Newcastle unit and has since beaten the cancer and is continuing her recovery with the support of the charity.
Jeff said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust units at the RVI and Freeman hospitals in Newcastle cost £500,000 a year to run so we felt it was important we try and give something back.
“Ever since my sister, Charlotte was diagnosed I have been blown away by the support the Teenage Cancer Trust gave her - and in fact still do.
“She is thankfully in remission now and although she still needs to regularly visit the hospital, they have been a huge help to allow her to get back to a normal life.”
“We are always humbled by the support and enthusiasm people give to this event and it was great to see the room so full of people raising money for such a worthwhile local charity.”
To find out more about the charity and the five signs of cancer to look out for in young people visit www.TeenageCancerTrust.org