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KCOM smashes fundraising target for Teenage Cancer Trust

£92,000 raised for young people with cancer in a year of activities for charity partner.

KCOM has raised over £92,000 in the first year of its charity partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust, more than twice the target set.

Fundraising activities have included the London Marathon, the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, skydiving, the Rock Solid Endurance Challenge and the Jane Tomlinson Hull 10K run.

As charity partner, KCOM supports employee involvement by kick-starting any fundraising they do with a £25 donation.  In 2016 KCOM introduced matched funding, effectively doubling every pound raised.

KCOM employees have been supported by a network of more than 30 volunteer charity champions in the firm’s main offices in  Hull, London, Wakefield, Hemel Hempstead, Ipswich, Exeter and Reading.

KCOM employees and their supporters have made a huge effort to raise funds for us, taking on marathons, scrambling up mountains, and even falling from the sky to smash their target. £92,000 is a truly awe-inspiring amount and will have a real impact on the services we provide, allowing us to fund our vital services and supporting us in our goal to reach every young person with cancer in the UK by 2020.

Siobhan Dunn
Chief Executive at Teenage Cancer Trust

The £92,000 raised could help Teenage Cancer Trust fund:

  • 2,000 hours of vital nursing care by a Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse, ensuring that young people with cancer receive age-appropriate care
  • 1,000 hours of tailored support by a Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator, who keeps young people active on and off the unit, encouraging them to socialise and share their experiences
  • 40 young people to attend Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual “Find your Sense of Tumour” weekend conference at Center Parcs, allowing them to meet other young people with cancer, often for the first time
  • 2,500 students in secondary schools, colleges and universities across the UK to have an engaging, upbeat cancer awareness session from Teenage Cancer Trust’s education team, teaching them how to spot the early signs of cancer and how to prevent it in later life.

The first year of our three year partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust has proven to be one of our most successful yet. We are aiming to raise £150,000 over the course of our relationship to help the Trust provide expert care and support to young people with cancer and we look forward to smashing that target as well.

Bill Halbert
Chief Executive Officer

About KCOM

KCOM is a communications and IT services provider.  Nationally we serve large enterprises like HMRC, which need bespoke technology solutions to help them run their organisations more efficiently and securely and improve the experience they deliver to their customers.  We also serve mid-sized businesses including Wren Living that are looking to increase productivity with our hosting, telephony and connectivity solutions.  

In Hull and East Yorkshire we offer phone, broadband and other communications services to residential and business customers.   KCOM is 1,800 people, all of whom are focused on listening to and understanding customers so we’re able to make their lives easier and better.  KCOM was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1999.

About Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day.  We build specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them.  We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live. Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience.  Teenage Cancer Trust also educates young people and health professionals about cancer to ensure a swift diagnosis and referral to specialist support.  Cancer in young people is rare but we want young people to know the common signs and symptoms so they can seek medical advice if they are worried.  We rely solely on donations to fund our vital work.  You can help transform the lives of young people with cancer. 

Visit www.teenagecancertrust.org to find out how. Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales); SC039757 (Scotland).