Boxers pack punch for Sheffield teen cancer unit

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TWO boxers packed a punch when they visited a Sheffield hospital to make a donation to a specialist unit which treats teenagers and young people with cancer.

Adam Etches, aged 21, and Scott Jenkins, 20, spent time on the Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park Hospital.

While they were there, the pair presented Apple iPads, games consoles and DVD players to the unit for its young patients.

The items were handed over as part of boxing promoter Richard Poxon’s fundraising drive for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, which donates £45,000 a year to the unit.

Adam, from Birley, Sheffield, said: “Visiting the unit really opened my eyes to the fact the cancer can affect anyone.

“The unit is brilliant and donating things like the iPads and games consoles will hopefully help make the patients’ lives a little bit easier while they are in hospital.”

Scott, from Chesterfield, said: “Getting cancer as a teenager must be really difficult to deal with, so it’s important to try to take the patients’ minds off it as much as possible.

“The unit helps the young people feel a bit more at home and anything we can do to help with this is great.”

Helen Gentle, fundraiser at the charity, said: “The aim of the Teenage Cancer Unit is to give our younger patients a relaxed and comfortable environment suited to the needs of their specific age group. We can’t thank Richard enough for his fantastic support of the charity.”

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