A sprinkling of star dust gives young patients a boost 

13/03/2012 00:00 

A rock legend, an x-factor winner and a TV reporter were among the high-profile visitors who dropped into UCH to chat to staff and patients in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit.

Roger Daltrey and Joe McElderry speding time with patients on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at UCH

Roger Daltrey and Joe McElderry speding time with patients on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at UCH

Roger Daltrey, the TCT’s longstanding patron and The Who front man, was celebrating his 68th birthday with a visit to the 12th floor of UCH.

Morale was boosted even further when X-factor star and supporter Joe McElderry popped in, followed swiftly by a TV crew from ITV’s regional news programme London Tonight.

They interviewed the celebrity visitors and patients about the Teenage Cancer Trust unit and a series of fundraising concerts organised by Roger Daltrey.

Paul McCartney, Pulp, Jessie J, Example and Florence and The Machine are among the glittering line-up at the Royal Albert Hall later this month.

Mr Daltrey has been the driving force behind these concerts for more than a decade and has raised £14 million.

He has previously said: “I might be a rock star, but I’m also a dad. I know teenagers aren’t children, and they’re certainly not quite adults either. They’re a group all on their own and they need to be recognised as that.

“Building hospital wards that don’t feel like hospitals and bringing these young people with cancer together is invaluable. I’m proud to be a patron.”


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