UEFA took the opportunity at the recent week of football festivities in London to make its contribution towards helping young people who suffer from cancer in the United Kingdom.
European football’s governing body made a one-off £50,000 donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) – the official charity of the English Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations this year. The organisation focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who starred in the Harry Potter films as Fred and George Weasley, accepted the cheque on behalf of the TCT at a celebrity futsal event which took place at the UEFA Champions Festival ahead of the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. The two actors took part in an all-star challenge featuring stars Robert Pirès, Cafu, Giovanni van Bronckhost and Vítor Baía, and players from English champions Helvécia Futsal London.
The TCT had an education stand at the UEFA Champions Festival, with experienced staff on hand to offer advice and provide information about their work. "
On behalf of everyone at the charity, I cannot thank you enough for your support of Teenage Cancer Trust," Jenny Bull, the TCT's corporate account manager, told participants at the event. "The very generous £50,000 donation made by UEFA will make a huge difference to the thousands of young people affected by cancer in the UK. We are also very grateful for the exposure allowed us at the Champions Festival."
The TCT's vision is a future where young people's lives do not stop because they have cancer. Under the vision, teenagers are treated as young people first and cancer patients second, and the objective is to improve their quality of life and chances of survival. The body works in particular to educate young people about cancer and to work with health professionals to develop their knowledge.
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