(L to R): Elaine Dunning, Give a Duck Fundraising Manager; Andy Bateman of JCT600; and Eve Corry, Give a Duck Development Manager, at JCT600’s Ferrari dealership in Leeds

Yorkshire-based family automotive retailer JCT600 is donating a year’s supply of Chemo Ducks to both the Leeds and Sheffield Children’s Hospitals in partnership with The Give A Duck Foundation, a UK-wide children’s cancer charity.

With dealerships in Leeds and Sheffield, JCT600 is supporting these local communities with a donation of 200 Chemo Ducks for children in Leeds and Sheffield Children’s Hospitals.

Fitted with medical lines and ports to mirror those of the child, Chemo Ducks are used by play leaders during play therapy to prepare children for their treatment, whether it’s an appointment with their consultant, administering chemotherapy or taking blood samples.

Chemo Ducks will also be on display at all 19 of JCT600’s dealerships in Leeds and Sheffield to raise awareness of the initiative and encourage customers to make a donation towards funding more ducks.

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“We are proud to be playing our part in supporting this fantastic charity which is helping to improve the lives of children with cancer in Yorkshire,” comments Andy Bateman of JCT600. “It’s a really innovative scheme and we hope that many of our customers as well as businesses in the region and across the country will help the charity to meet its goal of providing a Chemo Duck to every child diagnosed with cancer in the UK.”

Elaine Dunning of Give A Duck, adds: “It’s great news that a well-known and trusted brand like JCT600 is supporting The Give A Duck Foundation. The charity aims to help children feel they can take back some control at a time when they may feel they have very little, as well as removing some of the fear by seeing Chemo Duck experiencing the treatment the children will go through, and providing a relaxed way to have discussions about what will happen to them in hospital. Many thanks to the JCT600 team for their support, and also to Blue Light Babies and Fleet Factors for creating the bespoke JCT600 duck outfits.”

The Give A Duck Foundation works with all 19 specialist childhood cancer centres in the UK and 34 shared care UK hospitals. By working with health care professionals about the many uses and roles Chemo Duck can play during treatment, Give A Duck can help make things a little easier at a really difficult time.

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