Volksfest backs Teenage Cancer Trust
A NEW charity partnership that will support young cancer patients and their families has been announced by Teenage Cancer Trust and Bristol Volksfest.
Bristol Volksfest is a Volkswagen show and family camping weekend that is held at Birches Farm, Long Ashton from June 14 – 16. The festival started in 1992, bringing like-minded VDub enthusiasts together to share their appreciation for the iconic vehicles. This year, the festival has decided to support Teenage Cancer Trust, who provide life-changing nursing care and support for the seven young people aged 13-24 who are diagnosed with cancer each day in the UK. This includes access to specialist nurses and age-appropriate hospital spaces with big TV screens, use of a playstation and games, as well as a jukebox and musical instruments.
Bristol Volksfest have a target of raising £5000 to support Teenage Cancer Trust’s life-changing nursing care for teenagers and young people diagnosed with cancer, like Elena Blackwell from Horfield who was just 19 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Elena had brain surgery at Southmead Hospital a month later and was then referred to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit ‘Area 61’ in the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.
Elena said: “Being on a Teenage Cancer Trust ward meant I met other young people with cancer. It made such a difference because I felt like they understood.”
Elena, who is now 23, has had seven surgeries altogether in addition to proton therapy and chemotherapy.
Tickets for Bristol Volksfest are now available online: https://www.bristolvolksfest.co.uk/tickets and you can also support the festival’s fundraising on their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bristol-volksfest. For more information about Teenage Cancer Trust, visit: www.teenagecancertrust.org