Nottingham-born Line of Duty star, Vicky McClure, has launched new music event This Is Nottingham to raise money for teenagers with cancer.
This Is Nottingham is a homage to her BAFTA winning performance in This Is England.
The fundraiser took place at Metronome on Saturday, December 3 to support and bring awareness to Teenage Cancer Trust’s vital services supporting young people with cancer.
The charity event’s line-up was curated by the actress showcasing her hometown’s music scene.
Long Eaton-based rapper Bru-C headlined the event with support from Kingdom Rapper and Jah Digga.
St Anns based rapper, Jah Digga, said: “It is a beautiful thing to be helping Teenage Cancer Trust, it is a good cause to spread awareness for and to spread a positive light on.”
The actress has been named the first Teenage Cancer Trust Icon after working with the charity for over ten years and becoming an ambassador in 2021.
“It is really unique what Teenage Cancer Trust does.”
Vicky McClure, Nottingham actress
The event is Vicky’s first announcement since being awarded the Icon role.
Vicky said: “It is really special and lovely to be recognised as the first Teenage Cancer Trust Icon, but ultimately I love using the platform I am lucky enough to have for good causes.”
We had an incredible time at This is Nottingham @metronomenotts on Saturday. A MASSIVE thank you to our amazing Icon @Vicky_McClure @IAMBRU_UK @jahdigga @kingdomrapper55 and everyone who came along to support 💙 pic.twitter.com/uC3flZISy9
— Teenage Cancer Trust (@TeenageCancer) December 8, 2022
Chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, Kate Collins, said: “We’re delighted to announce Vicky as our first Icon.
“In these increasingly hard times it’s getting tougher and tougher to raise the funds needed to keep vital services for young people with cancer going.”
Kate said: “Vicky’s commitment to Teenage Cancer Trust and young people with cancer is phenomenally important.”
The Teenage Cancer Trust Icon has visited Nottingham City Hospital’s Hogarth unit meeting young people, Teenage Cancer Trust funded specialised nurses and youth support coordinators who provide care services focussing on patient’s wellbeing throughout their cancer journey.
The actress added: “(It was) inspiring and heart-breaking. I have seen, met and spoken to people who are no longer here or had a diagnosis and got through it who are living their lives to the fullest.
“I know to each and every one of them when they were going through their diagnosis and their treatments those wards were like lifelines to them.”
The Hogarth unit, which Vicky opened in 2013, is one of 28 specialist units managed and financed by the charity supporting 19 to 24 year olds.
They have been designed to feel more like home than a cancer ward.
The wards consist of private bedrooms, comfy furnishings, TV and gaming spaces creating a positive environment for patients undergoing treatment.
Teenage Cancer Trust goes beyond just medical care.
The charity helps patients with their mental health, homework, job applications and empowering their confidence to not let cancer get in the way of growing up.
Vicky said: “It is really unique what Teenage Cancer Trust does, I think it is vital that those kind of attention’s to detail are there for young people living with cancer.”
- Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the words “you have cancer”
- In the UK there are 28 specialist cancer units built-in hospitals
- The charity supports young cancer patients by funding 92 Teenage Cancer Trust Nurses and Youth Support Coordinators
- Last year, £9.8 million was invested into life changing cancer services
- This year, it was recorded that 12,000 individuals actively helped Teenage Cancer Trust campaigns