In February 2015 we spent a week filming in the Children’s Oncology Outpatients ward of Great North Children’s Hospital in order to produce a video to help raise money for the Future Fund, a fund aiming to raise £5.5 million to create a state-of-the-art centre for research into childhood cancer. During our week spent filming on the ward we got to meet many of the amazing members of staff and witness how the ward operates on a day-to-day basis. We also got to hang out with a number of the kids who were at varying stages of recovery – an eye-opening and moving experience to say the least.
Well, almost two years on we’re incredibly pleased to announce that the new Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Unit was opened on 16th September by renowned author Bill Bryson, a patron of the two year fundraising campaign. During his opening speech Bryson said that watching our fundraising video “brought a tear to his eye”, thus bestowing on Roots and Wings the dubious accolade of having made Bill Bryson cry.
On a more serious note we’re just chuffed to have been involved with the campaign and to have been able to help the Future Fund reach its target. Now as the real work begins and the unit gets itself up and running, we sincerely hope it can continue to build on the fantastic research already done in Newcastle, which in turn can make a big difference to little ‘uns from across the region.