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James Morrison Opens New Teenage Cancer Ward

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 18th September 2012.

There is fresh hope for Cornish teenagers battling cancer.

£400,000 is being spent refurbishing Lowen Ward at Treliske.

It has been opened by Newquay busker turned superstar James Morrison, the patron of Tanya's Courage, one of the charities that has helped with the project.morrison2

He tells Pirate FM losing one of his best friends from school moved him to become a patron: "I used to live in Cornwall and I had a friend who was young, she was seventeen, she died of leukaemia. So that's a personal thing that I've experienced. And the fact that Tanya's Courage were one of the first charities in Cornwall to help young people who were going through that is quite an important thing I think.

"They were saying the ward was an old brown, dull colour. Subconsciously, if you're going to spend a lot of time here the colour is going to have an effect on how you feel so the more hospitals that do this the better I think."

As well as the medical equipment the new ward includes flat screen TVs, Playstations and iPads - so young patients can carry on chatting to their friends and family throughout the day.

Eighteen year old Georgia from Penzance is having chemotherapy at the moment. She said: "It's a huge difference. When I was first diagnosed I was shown round Lowen Ward and it was pretty daunting. It was pretty dull and not very appealing. Now it's much more homely, definitely a lot better than it was - bright and colourful.

"If you come in with an infection you can spend up to a week in here and obviously if you're just sat in a room it isn't much fun, especially for an eighteen year old who ought to be out partying with their friends."

Tanya's Courage and LARF Cornwall have helped refurbish the rooms on the ward.

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