An emotive film celebrating the achievements of a youth cancer charity set up in memory of a Brighouse schoolgirl has been launched, to inspire people to join the fight and give cancer the elbow.
The short film, set to the soundtrack of Elbow’s One Day Like This, captures the story of the charity Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust and highlights the range of support given to young cancer patients across the UK.
The trust was set up in honour of former Brighouse High School student Laura Crane who died of cancer two weeks after her 17th birthday.
As part of its work the trust supports 32 hospitals throughout the UK, providing equipment for patients to help ease feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Over the past 12 months, the trust’s work has been supported through a number of fundraising events, including a zip slide at the John Smith’s stadium, Huddersfield, and the Dragon Boat race at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield.
The film celebrates the charity’s successful campaigns, including the GONADS appeal and the launch of ‘Check Yourself Tuesday’. The trust also calls for support for the forthcoming ‘Gifts 4 Young Cancer Patients at Christmas’ campaign.
Pam Thornes, trust manager, said: “Last year the UK witnessed the ‘feel good factor’ of the London 2012 Olympics, where Elbow’s One Day Like This became an iconic piece of music. Our aim was to bring this positivity to our small charity’s achievements. We felt the song’s momentum suited the LCYCT film, so we put them together to ‘give cancer the elbow’.
“After a ten month journey, we were kindly given permission by Warner Chappell and Universal Music to use the music. The rights to the piece were generously granted free of charge and for perpetuity.”
The film also follows the story of young cancer survivor, Steve Miller, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 20, while studying at the University of Leeds.
Pam adds: “We are so pleased that LCYCT has got its one day like this. The short film is a fantastic resource that eloquently tells our story, what we do and how we do it, as well as explaining how and why we need the support of so many.
“The music adds perfectly to the story and with sound bites from Catherine and Steve, we are sure everyone who watches the film will be ready to join us and give cancer the elbow!”