Young People With Cancer

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity funds ‘added extras’ that have helped YPU to become a ‘home from home’ for young cancer patients and their families.

From providing DVDs and Xbox games, to pizza nights and ‘grab bags’ filled with essential items, your donations mean we can be there every step of the way to support young patients with cancer.

Thanks to the generosity of groups, companies and individuals, QEHB Charity also funds a specialist teacher, Jayne Ruisi, who supports patients with their education and development whilst they are in hospital.

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Jayne Ruisi

James Brindley School Teacher

I teach a whole array of subjects at GCSE, Diploma and A Level such as Humanities that includes Geography, History and RE, Health and Social Care, Sports, Dance, Psychology, Beauty Therapy and Cooking.

Jayne Ruisi

How does your role support young people on the Young Person’s Cancer Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham?

Over the course of a year, I support over 820 young cancer patients aged 16-24 whilst they underwent treatment. This can range from bedside teaching of GCSE’s and A-Levels, helping them write their university applications, securing apprentices, navigating student finance… the list goes on! I take a holistic and tailored approach to all my students to help guide them through their future education or careers. It is so important for them to know that their cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to stop their dreams and ambitions; and I’m there to support them with whatever they need.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is seeing young people, going through the toughest experiences of their lives, achieving things they didn’t think they could. We liaise with their school and we keep them in line with what their peers are being taught so that they don’t feel like they are falling behind in anything. They don’t let cancer hold them back and it is my privilege to teach them. I love the fact that I can support these young patients during their treatment journey and hopefully make a difference. It’s a fantastic job.

What have you seen your students go on to achieve when they finish treatment?

I have seen countless patients go on to fulfil lifelong ambitions. I have had students complete their Masters degrees, gain apprenticeships with FTSE100 companies and even become doctors themselves. I am proud of each and every one of them.

Why is it so important Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is able to continue to fund your role?

It is truly life-changing for these young people. Being able to continue their education and pursue their dreams gives them something to aim for and reassures them their future is not going to be damaged by their diagnosis. The support funded by QEHB Charity, allows them to stay on track and takes the pressure off them and their families at what is already a very difficult time.

If you would like to help young people with cancer receive the care they deserve, please Donate.

Empowering Cancer Patients

Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. The latest statistics show that 1-2 people will now face cancer in some way.

We want to do all we can to help those children and adults who are treated at our hospitals and in the community as they face one of the toughest challenges in their lives.