Published date: 07 September 2023

NHS Property Services Supporting Young Lives vs. Cancer

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) is continuing to support Young Lives vs. Cancer as its charity partner.

In 2021, NHSPS colleagues voted for Young Lives vs. Cancer to be their three-year charity partner. They have since taken on challenges, including climbing Mount Snowdon, distance running, completing Tough Mudders, and conquering the Three Peaks challenge.

Funds raised through the partnership with NHSPS go towards Young Lives vs. Cancer's 'Homes from Home' service, providing a free place for families to stay when their child is undergoing cancer treatment.

The charity has ten Homes from Home close to specialist treatment centres in eight cities nationwide. These help families avoid the additional financial burdens of travel, food, and accommodation. They also enable young cancer patients to be close to their loved ones at an incredibly challenging time.

Rhea Horlock, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at NHSPS, said: "I had the opportunity to visit 'Billy's House', a Young Lives vs. Cancer's Home from Home in Nottingham recently. NHSPS has been in partnership with the charity for over two years now, and in that time, our colleagues have raised an incredible £120,000 to help fund these sites.

"It was great to see what a warm and welcoming environment the Homes are, and you can really feel how this bit of normality would make such a difference at a very difficult time."

Dr Shamir Ghumra, Director of Responsible Business at NHSPS, joined Rhea on her visit. He commented: "The work Young Lives vs. Cancer does to support children and young people with cancer and their families is invaluable, and their values and strategy align very well with ours.

"The partnership has been better than we ever thought it could be, and I am very proud of the efforts of our colleagues across the business.”

He added: "Cancer treatment for young people can last for months or even years, and families face extra monthly costs for travelling and food. Young Lives vs. Cancer's Homes from Home provide clean, safe, and homely accommodation for families when they most need it, completely free."

During September, Shamir and the rest of NHSPS' Executive Team will be taking on their own challenge to raise more funds for this amazing charity to ensure these homes can keep operating.

To find out what the challenge is and to donate if you can, please take a look at their fundraising page: