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I am writing to tell you about our charity, which supports Royal Hallamshire, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Weston Park Hospital.

The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust funds research into cancers affecting young people in the age group 13-24, and supports 43 hospitals across the UK.

As our charity and the support we provide is growing, we are hoping to reach people who are local to the hospitals we support, as they are the ones who will most likely benefit and hope will support our cause.

One of our latest projects includes part funding a Youth Support Worker who works across all three of the hospitals in Sheffield that we support.

The support worker provides help for young patients and their families during treatment and difficult times.

In the past, we have funded a four-year research project at Weston Park hospital, ending in 2007 on long- term cancer survival.

While we support individual hospital projects, we also have campaigns that run on a national basis including our Gifts 4 Young Cancer Patients at Christmas appeal, where we send more than 400 presents every year to hospitals to ensure every young cancer patient in hospital over Christmas receives an extra gift.

On a wider scale, we provide hospitals with laptop libraries to help young people keep connected with friends, family and school work as some patients have to travel far from home and can be hospitalised for long periods of time and sadly suffer from social isolation.

We hope that you will take our charity in consideration, and help us to spread the message of the work we are doing locally for the hospitals and the teen and adolescent cancer patients in your area.

If readers would like further information or support the work of the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust please visit our website www.lauracranetrust.org

Catherine Tate

Patron, The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust