During Robbie's 15 month battle with a rare form of terminal cancer, at just aged 12, he created The Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust. A Trust that aims to provide a facility where all children are treated in age appropriate surroundings through the revamped Ward 27 at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The RACT are exceptionally proud to have been such a vital part in fundraising and achieving this goal in Robbie's memory.
The charity continues to support Ward 27 and over the last few years has helped fund trips away, revamp treatment rooms, and provide vital pieces of equipment such as a bladder and canula scanner. In May this year they opened a new and dedicated therapy room, which used to be an old storage cupboard. The room will provide a range of complimentary treatments to patients, and parents too, from massages to facials to wig fittings and so much more, all done by a trained therapist. This new room will be a haven for those undergoing treatment for cancer and those supporting them through it.
Over the next few months The RACT are focusing their funding on various things that Ward 27 need
Ice Lollies – The aim is to stock the ice cream counter on Ward 27 constantly. Ice lollies are
vital for young people going through cancer treatment as they help to remove the metallic
taste in their mouths, sooth the ulcers they can be extremely prone to, as well boosting
taste buds and appetite.
A day trip out to Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studios in London for around 20 of the young people on the ward.
Finally, the bigger long-term aim of the fundraising over the next year will be to buy two Ambulatory
Infusion Pumps, which are small battery pumps that slowly delivers medicine like chemotherapy or
antibiotics into the body. This pump would allow for certain cancer treatments to be given to a
patient at home, as it just attaches to their central line and they can then carry it around in a little
bag. For cancer patients who are used to spending significant time in a hospital, this simple but
hugely important piece of equipment really is life changing.
Other aims of The RACT include:
To educate. To encourage all who are able to consider giving blood and/or platelets. The last few months of Robbie's life were totally dependent on these products and gave him precious time.
To raise awareness of the Antony Nolan Register, a charity that matches up people who need life changing bone marrow transplants with suitable donors from across the world. There is the opportunity to save someone's life if you register.
We want The Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust to keep saying “Yes” when they are asked to help, and to keep making a huge difference to young people battling cancer.
Charity Number - 1125466