Joint Press Statement with the Teenage Cancer Trust

by Alexander Mohan Morzeria-Davis

THE EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY THEATRE COMPANY NATIVITY PRODUCTION GOES VIRTUAL IN AID OF TEENAGE CANCER TRUST

We will be holding our annual Nativity on the 18th December but this year it will be a little different. The production will be available to experience via YouTube which means the whole family can sit and enjoy the performance from their own front room whilst still supporting Teenage Cancer Trust. The EUTC Presents: Nativity 2020 will help raise awareness of cancer in young people as well as vital funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, the UK’s only charity providing young people with cancer with the specialised nursing and emotional support they need.

Teenage Cancer Trust holds a very special place in the hearts of the members of the EUTC. It was chosen as their Charity of the Year for 2020-21, in honour of a former member, Jacob Holt, who was diagnosed with a rhabdomyosarcoma of the prostate in 2017 when he was just 18. Jacob faced his cancer with realism, positivity and bravery and was always looking for what he could do between treatments. In fact, he managed to pack more into almost 21 years than some manage in a lifetime! Jacob was involved at Bedlam Theatre throughout his year and a half at university and was elected the Front of House Manager for the 2019/20 session. His friends recognized the enormous impact that the Teenage Cancer Trust had on Jacob’s life, enabling him to do so much more after his diagnosis, including his time at University.

Eve Miller, a member of the production team, said: “Not being able to be together and put on shows has been really tough for members so this Nativity is a way for everyone to get involved, have fun and celebrate the festive season with friends. It’s going to involve a lot of papier-mâché costumes and off key singing but mostly it’ll be a wholesome and incredibly festive evening. Our other motivation for the show is to support the Teenage Cancer Trust and all the important work they do. We’re so proud to be raising money for them as we’ve seen how vital their work is both within our community and across the UK.”

Heather Bowen, Senior Relationship Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone at The Edinburgh University Theatre Company for organising this event. It would have been so easy to cancel but such is the level of support for the young people we reach in Scotland, that the show must go on. Every pound raised is vital in allowing us to protect and grow our specialist services to ensure young people get access to the very best treatment, care and support possible and are treated as young people first, cancer patient second.”

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Last updated: Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 19:27

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