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11 March 2016

Bristol City footballers open wellbeing room for teenage cancer patients

Bristol City FC coaching staff and players joined teenage cancer patients on Tuesday 8 March, to open the new state-of-the-art wellbeing room on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit (Area 61) at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.

Former professional footballer and now Under-21s Manager, Wade Elliott, and up and coming Academy players, Joe Morrell and Max O'Leary, were put through their paces on the exercise bike as current patient Louie Haffenden,17, gave the players a mini fitness test.

The wellbeing room contains a top of the range exercise bike, a complementary therapy plinth, yoga mats, gym balls and pull-up bars. It has been beautifully decorated with coloured lights and a stereo to make it as tranquil or as active as the young person wants it to be.

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Louie, from Somerset, is receiving treatment on the unit for pineal germinoma cancer, a form of brain tumour. Louie was never into sport at school and following his cancer diagnosis he found taking part in physical activity even harder.

However he has found a new love for exercise after using the wellbeing room. He said: "Going through cancer is one thing, but when it affects your co-ordination, strength, and ability to do day to day activities, that's something else. I now see the importance of physical activity and how it can help me through my cancer treatment. I am really excited to start working with the team to build up my strength and hopefully become more able to take part in sports in the future."

Joe Morrell, a Wales youth international player and midfielder for Bristol City FC, said: "The Wellbeing room is a fantastic resource for the young people on the unit. It's been an incredible day meeting Louie and others, hearing how the Wellbeing room will be such a vital resource in helping them recover from their treatment." 

Fran Hardman, Macmillan Teenage and Young Adult Wellbeing Co-ordinator, said: "We're so excited to have officially opened the Wellbeing room! I will be able to prescribe individualised physical activity plans that can then be reviewed and adapted through treatment and beyond to support each young person through cancer."

Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations to fund all of its vital work and £1,000 a day needs to be raised. For every young person the charity currently supports, there is another it cannot. With continued support Teenage Cancer Trust aims to reach every young person with cancer in the UK by 2020. To lend your support email or call 020 7612 0370. For more information about Teenage Cancer Trust and the work it does across the UK visit