Hi, I am Sandie and I work for South Central Ambulance Service. I am based at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford and my job is to co-ordinate and support ambulance transport to get people home, to care facilities, to end of life care and also to come in for time critical appointments including chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

I am part of a small team who are Fund Raising for the Teenage And Young Adult Cancer Centre (TYAC) at the Royal Surrey Hospital. A very special unit, dedicated to the care and support of young cancer patients between the ages of 16 to 30.

This is our page, directly raising money to give these young patients 'Bucket List' days out with specialised ambulances and crews. Making happy memories in amongst their challenges.

There will be a number of fun, fundraising events happening this year to put as many pennies into the pot as possible. If you are also looking to achieve one of your own 'Bucket List' dreams, then please get others to join in, sponsor you and donate to this wonderful cause to help these young cancer patients make a memory. Let me know your details and I will add you to the TYAC Fundraising Wall of Fame!

These are our first two motorcycling events to put in your diaries for next year, more details to follow:

On Sunday 11th September, 2022 at 11am, The NHS Ride Of Thanks - Surrey will be taking place at Ryka' s Boxhill. An organised, scenic Harley Davidson ride-out with the Surrey Chapter UK.

On Sunday 18th September, 2022 Rykas, Boxhill, at 11am - we are bringing together all bikers for the country wide 'Annual Charity Ride Out' - we are organising this for Surrey and all proceeds will again go to our TYAC Unit. This ride is for all size bikes and level of riders!! The ride will be designed for all and kept safe for all. Marshalls will be on site to support. Decorate yourselves and your bikes in NHS Blue. Add sunflowers if you like to show your support for cancer. A prize for the best decorated rider and bike! 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service provides treatment, care and support to teenagers and young adults aged 16-30 who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer. They work alongside the medical and nursing teams who specialise in the different cancers and provide extra advice and personalised support appropriate to the age group of the patient. The service accepts referrals for any young patients diagnosed within the ST. Luke's Cancer Alliance ( Covering Surrey, West Sussex and parts of Hampshire). The Royal Surrey is the designated TYAC hospital in this network and sometimes works together with the Royal Marsden Hospital and University College Hospital, London, to provide the best cancer care.

The TYAC Unit at the Royal Surrey Hospital is for day care only and has a treatment bay, two ensuite side rooms and a wellbeing room. There is also a 'chill out' room with a kitchen, where the patients can help themselves to snacks and drinks, relax with their families by watching TV, or by doing creative craft projects to pass the time. If it is decided that chemotherapy is the most appropriate treatment, then it can be given on the TYAC Unit by the TYAC Team, building familiarity and friendships. If the young patient needs to be admitted, then the adjacent Onslow Ward has three TYA ensuite side rooms, with additional space for someone to stay with them, should they wish. Everything to keep the young patient less anxious and more relaxed.

Cancer can have an emotional and physical effect on young patients, where they find they may not be able to keep up with their friends, which can have an impact on their social lives. The TYAC Team plan activities, social events and residential trips, where they can mix with other young people who are also experiencing the challenges and frustrations, which come with cancer and its treatment.

The TYAC Team support the young patient, their families and friends, through every challenging and emotional step of their journey with cancer.

Sandie Jackson