JT Donates Phones for Cancer Patients away from home

Posted: 02/02/2024

Islanders undergoing cancer treatment in the UK will now have an easier time staying connected with family, thanks to a generous donation from JT.

The telecoms company has gifted 20 brand-new mobile phones to Jersey Cancer Relief’s ‘Loan Phone’ service, a lifeline for those needing to keep in touch with loved ones back home.

Jersey Cancer Relief, a charity dedicated to supporting cancer patients, offers financial aid for various needs, including GP consultations, travel, accommodation in the UK and mobile phone loans. The recent donation, part of JT Community Giving’s first round of funding this year, has been a timely boost. Alongside the phones, the charity also received a refurbished laptop to aid its staff and volunteers in managing these essential services.

Pip Carpenter, Head of Commercial Market at JT, said:
“Helping Jersey Cancer Relief is really close to our hearts. As World Cancer Day on 4th February reminds us, supporting each other in tough times is crucial. These phones mean more than just staying in touch; they’re about bringing comfort and a bit of home to those battling cancer. We’re really proud to be part of something that makes a real difference to people’s lives.”

Jersey Cancer Relief’s information centre is now open five days a week so that it’s more accessible for cancer patients in the community and, with the recent publication of Jersey’s first strategy for cancer, the charity is expecting an increase in referrals for financial support and use of the loan phone service over the coming months and years.

Pam Aubert, Chief Executive of Jersey Cancer Relief, added:
“We are truly grateful to JT for donating 20 new phones to support our vitally important ‘Loan Phone’ service. The phones provide a way for islanders to stay connected with loved ones while in the UK having treatment. Jersey Cancer Relief are a local independent charity helping to ease the financial cost of cancer for islanders. Without the support of our community, we would not be able to do what we do. Thank You!”

The scheme is now open for 2024 applications, and all charities and not-for-profits are invited to apply. Applications for round two close 31st March 2024.

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