Preston teen meets Romesh Ranganathan as comedian visits Teenage Cancer Trust unit

Posted on - 17th April, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News
(l-r): Logan presenting Romesh Ranganathan with a Teenage Cancer Trust Icon trophy: Logan, 13, Nicola: mum, Jon: Dad, Faye Hindmarsh: Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Worker, Romesh Ranganathan.

A teenager from Preston has met Romesh Ranganathan as the comedian visited a Teenage Cancer Trust unit.

The star visited the hospital while he was in Liverpool as part of the tour he is on called Hustle. He also invited young people and staff to see his show for free.

During the visit, Romesh met 13-year-old Logan from Preston who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

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Logan is having chemotherapy on the unit, after being recently diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma called T-Cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. 

Logan said he enjoyed meeting Romesh and that they chatted about their common interests including playing Fortnite, and One Piece – a Japanese anime TV series. 

He was joined by his parents Jon and Nicola, who said they are fans of Romesh and watch him on TV. 

(l-r): Nicola: mum, Jon: Dad, 13-year-old Logan, and Romesh Ranganathan

Speaking about the support they’ve received from Teenage Cancer Trust, Jon said that despite Logan only being diagnosed a few weeks ago, the support they have received has been brilliant. 

He said: “The staff have the ability to humanise it all. Not only do they explain the medical information in a way that everyone can understand, they also focus on the social side for the young people who are on the unit. 

“While having their treatment, the young people have the space to come into the social room, play games together, sit and chat and do normal things that young people like doing – that’s really important. As parents we are being supported too.”

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The unit is based on Ward 3B in the Oncology unit at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and is designed for 13-19-year-olds. 

Nicola, who bonded with Romesh over their teaching careers, added: “By being on a Teenage Cancer Trust unit, it gives Logan an opportunity to meet other young people who are going through similar experiences and people his age, who he can speak to and relate to. 

“As parents we can support Logan in every way possible but we don’t truly know what it’s like for him, so for Logan to be around other people his age, I hope that will be really helpful for him.”

Last year Romesh was announced as Teenage Cancer Trust’s first comedy Icon. The Icon role is for high-profile figures across the entertainment industry who have volunteered to give a year of their time to deliver change for young people with cancer. 

Reflecting on his visit to the unit, Romesh said it was an amazing opportunity to go to the unit and see first-hand to see what Teenage Cancer Trust has helped to provide and help fund for teenagers and young adults with cancer. 

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He added: “Meeting young people and their families was quite emotional because having cancer at any age is horrible. 

“But having cancer as a teenager feels like a particularly cruel time for it to happen and what the charity is enabling to happen, is for those young people to go through that in a supportive and comfortable way possible. 

“I am very grateful to Teenage Cancer Trust for what they do to help these families. It’s incredibly important work and the charity need as much help as possible.”

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