Everyone at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre is delighted to confirm a new partnership with children’s cancer charity Team Jak.
Livingston based Team Jak, was inspired by teenager Jak Trueman whose life was sadly cut short following a brief and aggressive battle with a rare form of blood cancer, provides practical, social and emotional support to children and young people with cancer and related illnesses, their family and friends and those bereaved.
Jak’s Den hosts drop-in sessions, music therapy, counselling, pamper days, alternative therapies, support groups, mindfulness, activity days including cake decorating, puppet making, magic shows, teen days- X-Box and PS4 challenges, arts and crafts, coffee mornings and much more.
In addition, the charity provides bespoke outreach support to families who can’t make it to Jak’s Den and schools support for peer groups and bereavement support. Team Jak also provides snacks and goody bags to Ward 2 at the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital and sponsors the Palliative and Bereavement Teams Rainbow Cart which provides items to make a room more homely when a child is sadly going to gain their wings in hospital.
The charity partnership with Cameron Toll Shopping Centre will see Team Jak working with the centre management and its retailers to fundraise and increase awareness of the charity to help it grow and provide vital care for children living with cancer and their families.
Team Jak Founder and Chief Executive, Allison Barr, said: “Jak was a truly inspiring young man who didn’t want any child or family to face the isolation and fear they face every day following diagnosis and during treatment. He continues to inspire everyone, every day.
“We are delighted to be Cameron Toll Shopping Centre’s charity partner and we are looking forward to working with them to reach the thousands of people who visit the centre every week and to undertake essential fundraising activity.”
Jim Riddell, Centre Manager, Cameron Toll Shopping Centre, said: “We’re delighted to be Team Jak’s charity partner and able to support the fantastic work they do. Unfortunately cancer is something that many people have to face every day so support services play an essential role for them. The care they provide to young people and their families are truly inspiring.”
To find out more about Team Jak please visit www.teamjak.org.uk.