Holly was diagnosed with type of soft tissue sarcoma in 2019 and was part of a group of young people who were invited by Romesh to watch the filming of Sky’s hit comedy series, A League of Their Own.
This was ahead of Romesh being announced as Teenage Cancer Trust’s latest Icon.
The Icon role is for high-profile figures across the entertainment industry who have volunteered to give a year of their time to support young people with cancer. This could be by raising vital funds to ensure Teenage Cancer Trust can provide the best support during treatment and beyond, driving importance changes at policy level or making sure people have the information they need to spot the signs of cancer.
Holly said she enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of A League of Their Own.
She added: “Romesh was lovely and they say not to meet your favourite celebs but it was an incredible experience. We spoke about the work that we are doing to help support Teenage Cancer Trust and I asked him what he planned to do for the charity.”
“I’ve always said using humour is the best way to deal with these sorts of things (such as having cancer), so to have a popular comedian as the charity’s newest Icon is awesome and really highlights how to see the funny side in an experience so dark and daunting.”
Each day seven young people will hear the words ‘You’ve got cancer’. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing care and support to young people aged 13-24, so no young person faces cancer alone.
Romesh has supported the charity for many years, including performing four times at its historic annual Royal Albert Hall event – a series of gigs raising urgently-needed funds for the charity, and performing at a comedy night hosted by Absolute Radio Live in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. He has also donated items to the charity’s Star Boot Sale auction.
Romesh said: “I’m thrilled to be Teenage Cancer Trust’s first comedy Icon.
“I’ve had the pleasure of supporting the charity for a few years now and I have seen the important work they do to help teenagers and young adults who have cancer.
“It is a particularly difficult time for young people who are diagnosed with cancer and I feel honoured that I can use my platform to raise money and awareness of the charity, to ensure young people receive the best care and support.”
Romesh will be raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust and suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) during his headline 2024 tour ‘Hustle’ which stops at some of Britain’s best arenas, including the O2, London.
Paul McKenzie, Director of Engagement at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We are so delighted to have Romesh as our first comedy Icon. His ongoing support means that we can provide tailored care to young people when cancer has turned their world upside down.
“Cancer kills more teenagers and young adults in the UK than any other disease. There’s never been a worse time to receive that news, with healthcare services under severe pressures, waiting times increasing, and diagnosis taking longer.
“Young people need our support more than ever and that’s why Romesh’s support is so critical.”
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