Charity of the Year 2016

Guildford Spectrum – operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Guildford Borough Council – has named The Royal Surrey County Hospital as its 2016 Charity of the Year.  Members of the public voted to back its Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service, which is funded entirely by charitable donations. 

Royal Surrey County Hospital serves a population of 320,000 people for emergency and general hospital services and a further 1.3 million people for cancer care across Surrey, West Sussex, and Hampshire. Money raised by the Charitable Fund helps to ensure that every patient receives the best care possible. It supports the work of NHS staff and ensures that we can invest in the latest technology, improve our environment and explore life-saving research.

The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service recovery programme comprises events and activities to support the wellbeing of young people affected by Cancer. It provides vital support to help people integrate back into life after their traumatic experience. It gives them much-needed help to manage these adjustments at this crucial stage of their lives at home, school, college and work.  The Royal Surrey County Hospital needs £10,000 to run this service of peer supported activities designed to promote confidence and maximise individuals’ potential. 

As the Guildford Spectrum Charity of the Year 2016, The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity will be given activity tickets that can be exchanged for a wide variety of leisure facilities including swimming sessions, use of the gym, sports hall activities, group exercise classes and ten pin bowling.  The activity tickets are generated through the generosity of Spectrum's customers who donate their loyalty card points to the cause, through the Active Card point scheme.  These points are converted into activity tickets for the charity to use as they wish.  Around 200,000 points can be expected – equating to 400 activities.  This opportunity will be particularly welcomed by the teenagers and young adults adjusting to life with Cancer as it will enable them to enjoy activity, social time and relaxation.

Rachel Mason said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the Spectrum Charity of the year. The activities and experiences will make such a difference to youngsters we support through the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service at such a difficult time in their lives.”

“We are delighted to be supporting the Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity this year and look forward to welcoming local teenagers and adults affected by Cancer to Spectrum, thanks to the generosity of our members,” says Steve May, Freedom Leisure area manager.  “Our Charity of the Year programme has grown in stature year-on-year and we know that it makes a real difference to people by offering additional leisure and social activities for them to enjoy.” 

Customers wanting to donate Active Points to the charity can simply visit Customer Services, complete the online form here or email with their Active Card number and the number of points they would like to give.  

To find out more information about The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity visit here

photo L - R;  Rachel Mason; Corporate Fundraising Manager, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Steve May; Freedom Leisure Guildford Area Manager, Sam Exworth; TYA Patient and Service User, Tina Brunet; Clinical TYA Care Co-ordinator and Support Work