Young cancer patients who played key roles in a major fundraising concert for a Tyneside hospital gathered last night to watch a TV documentary chronicling their exploits.
Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Ross Noble and Johnny Vegas were among the performers at the 3 Bandstand gig at The Sage Gateshead last September, which raised £50,000 to help build a new teenage cancer unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Organised by Newcastle-born Angie Jenkinson for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), the event saw a number of young RVI cancer patients given special training as camera operators to shoot footage of the gig. They worked under the direction of North-East film maker Geoff Wonfor, and also played a part in helping Angie to organise the star-studded evening.
Some of their footage was later incorporated into a documentary programme on the whole project made by Tyne Tees Television, which was screened for the first time last night. Several of the teenage patients involved in 3 Bandstand joined nursing staff from the RVI's TCT unit, Angie and others who took part in the fundraiser to watch the programme Against the Odds in a Jesmond pub last night.
Angie, 42, who travelled up from London yesterday to be part of the reunion, said: "The whole thing has been a fantastic experience and we are doing it again in September this year at The Sage." Sara Donoghue, senior staff nurse with the TCT's unit at the RVI, said: "This whole experience has been a massive boost for our young patients and really gave them something to focus on.
"It gave them the opportunity to continue to develop despite having illnesses that often prevent people from doing that."