At the start of the pandemic many of the young patients were sent home if they were well enough or moved to their local hospital or to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
We caught up with Senior Youth Support Co-ordinator Frenchesca James who works with young patients to hear how the ongoing pandemic has impacted the Young Person's Unit on Ward T12 at University College Hospital.
The Lungs for Living team continues to lead ground-breaking research into early lung cancer and the Summit Study, which aims to detect lung cancer early and to develop a new blood test for the early detection of multiple cancer types, is well underway.
Our team at University College London are currently collaborating with a team from Imperial College London and they are excited to be working with a wide range of academics.
The Summit Study has revealed that early CT scans catch 70% of lung cancers at an early stage.
This evidence could change the future detection and treatment of lung cancer. Although the UK currently offers screening for breast cancer, bowel and cervical cancer, there is no screening for lung cancer, the deadliest cancer of all.
We need your help to change this.
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation is honoured to be working closely with Professor Sam Janes and the Lungs for Living team, fundraising in support of the exciting and pioneering Summit Study. The Summit Study is one of the largest trials of its kind in the world.
Thanks to a generous three year grant from the Rosetrees Trust, Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Lukas Kalinke has been recruited to deliver the world's first ever Electrocautery Ablation for the pRevention of Lung cancer (EARL) Trial. This trial sets out to discover whether squamous cell lung cancer (SQCC) can be prevented with early treatment of pre-cancerous lesions.
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation and staff on the Young Person's Unit (YPU) are extremely grateful to Primark, Oxford Street, who made a generous donation of toiletries and goodies that will go into Care Boxes on the ward. The Activity Co-ordinators on the ward keep Care Boxes for patients who come in without provisions for their visit.
We are extremely grateful to the Trusts and Foundations that have chosen to support us over the years, and proud to benefit from ongoing relationships with BBC Children in Need, the Rosetrees Trust and most recently The Woosnam Foundation. We would not be able to help UCLH NHS Foundation Trust to deliver cutting edge research and first-class patient care without the generosity of our supporters.
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation is very grateful to BBC Children in Need for their generosity in funding an Activity Co-ordinator on the Young Person's Unit based on T12 South at University College Hospital. We caught up with Fiona Eva, BBC Children in Need Activity Co-ordinator, to hear about what's been happening on the Young Person's Unit.
The Lungs for Living team continue to lead ground breaking research into early lung cancer through to advanced metastatic disease and the processes that drive progression. Over the past year the Lungs for Living research team has published 12 scientific papers and presented their work at several prestigious international conferences. Catch up with all their latest news here.
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation is proud to support the Paediatric and Adolescent Complex Gynaecology Clinic (PAG) at UCLH. The PAG clinic supports patients who have a group of conditions called Differences of Sex Development (DSD). DSD describes a group of conditions which affect the genitals and reproductive organs.
We would not be able to continue helping UCLH NHS Foundation Trust deliver cutting edge research and first-class patient care without the extraordinary generosity of our charity partners. We are proud to partner with Roald Dahl, BBC Children in Need and the Rosetrees Trust, who have all made substantial and generous donations to support salary costs.
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation continues to receive invaluable support to enable research within the Lungs for Living Research Team. The team, led by Professor Sam Janes, investigates early lung cancer and the processes that drive progression in order to develop novel therapies for the treatment of this disease.
Patients on the Young Person's Unit had a fantastic day when singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum visited the ward and joined in with the workshops. Jamie came to University College Hospital to see the work of play specialists and activities volunteers with patients on the children and young people's wards.
On Sunday 15th July, Louise Williams, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric and Adolescent Complex Gynaecology (PAG) at UCLH, took part in the British 10k London Run with her partner Gareth. They raised £445 to help pay for an open day for patients who have a group of conditions called Differences of Sex Development (DSD).
We are pleased to announce that UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation has been awarded a generous grant over three years from our long-term supporter, the Rosetrees Trust. This wonderful award will cover the salary costs of a new Clinical Research Fellow, Dr. Lukas Kalinke, delivering the world's first ever Photodynamic ThErApy for the pRevention of Lung cancer (PEARL) Trial.
The funding of the Play Specialist role by Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity has been a wonderful opportunity for UCLH. We were delighted to catch up with Liz Coombs, Roald Dahl Play Specialist, for an update on her work in the Paediatric Outpatients Department.
On the 25th May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaced the existing Data Protective Directive. The GDPR was designed to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy. This new regulation affects the way that all charities and retail businesses hold data on supporters and customers.
We are deeply saddened by the recent death of Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde. For more than seventeen years Brenda Dean donated her time and knowledge to help make the charitable foundation the success that it is today.
We continue to support cutting-edge lung cancer research in the Lungs for Living Research Centre, led by Professor Sam Janes. By investigating early lung cancer, the Lungs for Living team aims to understand how lung cancer begins and how it progresses, with the goal of developing novel therapies for this deadly disease.
At the end of last year Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity (RDMCC) made a grant to UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation to fund a Play Specialist to work in the Paediatric Outpatients Team at University College Hospital for two years.
Jenika is a Play Specialist at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNE) and the Nuffield Hearing and Speech Centre. Her role is to support and engage with children and young people during their visit to the hospital through the use of play.
Thank you to Louise and Gareth for taking part in the British 10k on Sunday 9th July and raising valuable funds to support MRKH.
Last year Conor Lane, a young Irishman working in London, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his chest. A long journey to recovery followed but he praises the care he received.
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation continues to support research into lung cancer by fundraising for Lungs for Living programme. The research aims to investigate early lung cancer to develop new treatments for the disease.
NP Group have brought cheer to the Young Person's Unit with their surprise Secret Santa gifts. NP Group have a history of supporting the YPU, and we are extremely thankful for their continued support and generosity.
Huge thanks to the ICT Department at UCLH for raising £367 for our work by holding a raffle at their Christmas party last week. The support of staff and patients is invaluable to us and we'd like to wish them all a very Merry Christmas.
Deputy Security Advisor to the Trust, Richard Smith, is not a man to shy away from a challenge. Over the past twelve months he has taken part in a multitude of runs to raise money for our work. Huge thanks to Richard and all of his supporters.
Dan Burridge ran the London Marathon for us in 2015 and this year decided to take on a new challenge, competing in the gruelling 100km Ultra Challenge along the South Coast.
Fraser Millar took part in the London Triathlon in August to raise money for Lungs for Living. Fraser is a respiratory academic clinic fellow and did his research block with Lungs for Living, which is why he wanted to raise funds to support the department.
Louise Williams and Gareth Perry took part in the British 10k London Run in July to raise funds for Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Syndrome (MRKH). The money they raised helped to pay for an open day for friends and family of MRKH patients. MRKH is a disorder that occurs in women and mainly affects the reproductive system. It affects around 1 in 5,000 women.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters the Young Person's Unit (YPU) is thriving. With recent support, ipads and laptops have been purchased for the ward, enabling young patients to keep in touch with their friends and family more regularly.
Congratulations to our runners who took part in the British 10k London run on Sunday 10th July. We are grateful to all of our supporters who took part, both for their commitment to training and to their fundraising achievements. Places will be available for this fantastic run again next year.
Evie Hogg may only be eight years old but she has already run her first mile to raise money for Lungs for Living. Helping scientists detect early lung cancer is of particular importance to Evie as sadly she lost her grandad to a lung cancer related disease last year.
We would like to say thank you to our cyclists who took part in a gruelling 60km ride through the night on Saturday 4th June. Raising more than £1,500 to go towards our work, they set off at 11.30pm and finished at 5.30am just as the sun was rising over Tower Bridge. A huge thank you from us all at UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation.
Dan Burridge is taking on the challenge of a lifetime on Sunday 28th August, running 100k (62.5 miles) in under 24 hours, to raise money for the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre. In April 2015 Dan successfully completed the London Marathon, raising more than £1,500 for the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre in honour of his mother who received treatment at UCLH.
Richard Smith, Deputy Trust Security Advisor at UCLH, recently ran the London Marathon. As if completing the marathon was not enough of a challenge, Richard is now running the Vitality 10,000 on 30th May and the British 10k London Run on Sunday 10th July.
Local company NP Group show their support for UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation by taking part in Nightrider, a 60km cycle ride through the night whilst the rest of London sleeps.
On Wednesday 10th February 2016, HRH Princess Anne visited the new Lungs for Living Research Centre, part of UCL Respiratory Research Department, to celebrate the opening of the new laboratories.
At a Reception on Thursday 10th December, Journalist Robert Peston joined UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation to mark the opening of the newly refurbished Lungs for Living Research Centre. More than 45 people attended and an enjoyable evening was had by all.
On Friday 11th December, the Young Person's Unit were visited by a group of staff from the NP Group, carrying sacks of Christmas gifts for the young people who will spend Christmas in hospital.
Young outpatients on T11 often have to stay put for long periods of time whilst having treatment administered which can be quite difficult for them. We are fundraising to purchase entertainment to improve their experience whilst on the ward.
The Thomas Cook Children's Charity has made a generous donation to the Young Person's Unit (T12) at UCH. The donation will enable patients to take part in activities such as creative workshops, baking sessions and pizza and movie nights.
Well done to our runners who took ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 11th October, raising money for our projects. We look forward to giving you an update from them soon.
A Lungs for Living Research Centre is being set up to bring a strong team of researchers together in well equipped, modern laboratories. The works are nearing completion and the Lungs for Living Research Centre is due to open at the end of October.
Matt Hogg did a huge amount of fundraising for UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation last year, and is still raising money for Lungs for Living now. On Sunday 11th October Matt is running the Oxford Half Marathon, good luck Matt!
Since Raj Banghar lost his battle against lung cancer in August 2014, his family and friends have raised more than £6,000 for the Lungs for Living project. We are hugely grateful to them for their dedication and support.
We need your help to build a dedicated multi-sensory and breastfeeding room for the Paediatric and Adolescent Outpatient Department at University College London Hospital. Thank you for your support.
We are delighted to be working with the Therapies Department at UCLH to raise money for projects developing occupational and physiotherapy services for teenagers and young adults.
Patients at UCL Hospitals will be the first in the world to receive a pioneering cell therapy that scientists hope will transform the treatment of lung cancer, offering new hope to cancer patients.
UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation, with the very generous support of The AlFayed Charitable Foundation, funded a Paediatric Oncology Research Nurse. The post, known as the Camilla Nurse, was taken up in April 2013 by Rosie Newth and ran until 2015. Here, Rosie tells us about her post and some of the cancer research she was involved with.
The UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre opened its doors to patients for the first time on 2nd April 2012, offering the most advanced service of its kind in the UK. Five years ago UCLH commissioned Hopkins Architects to design a world class Cancer Centre with uplifting interior atria and gardens that would provide exemplary care for patients and whole family support services.