Romesh Ranganathan becomes Teenage Cancer Trust icon | Meet-and-greet kicks off a year of support

Romesh Ranganathan becomes Teenage Cancer Trust icon

Meet-and-greet kicks off a year of support

Young people who have been supported by Teenage Cancer Trust were  invited to an exclusive meet and greet with Romesh Ranganathan, who has today been announced as the charity’s first comedy ‘icon’. 

He joins Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure and YouTuber Ethan Payne, also known as Behzinga as fellow ‘icons’  who have volunteered to give a year of their time to support  the cause.

 Ranganathan has supported Teenage Cancer Trust for many years, including performing four times at its annual Royal Albert Hall fundraiser.     

Holly, from Swansea and pictured above, was part of the group who met Ranganathan and watched him film of Sky’s comedy series, A League of Their Own.

The 20-year-old, who was diagnosed with a type of soft tissue sarcoma in 2019,  said: ‘I’ve always said using humour is the best way to deal with these sorts of things (such as having cancer), so to have a popular comedian as the charity’s newest icon is awesome and really highlights how to see the funny side in an experience so dark and daunting.’

Romesh said: "I’m thrilled to be Teenage Cancer Trust’s first comedy icon.  I’ve had the pleasure of supporting the charity for a few years now and I have seen the important work they do to help teenagers and young adults who have cancer.  

‘It is a particularly difficult time for young people who are diagnosed with cancer and I feel honoured that I can use my platform to raise money and awareness of the charity, to ensure young people receive the best care and support." ‘

Romesh will be raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust and suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably during his 2024 tour Hustle.  

Paul McKenzie, director of engagement at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: ‘We are so delighted to have Romesh as our first comedy icon. His ongoing support means that we can provide tailored care to young people when cancer has turned their world upside down.  

‘Cancer kills more teenagers and young adults in the UK than any other disease. There’s never been a worse time to receive that news, with healthcare services under severe pressures, waiting times increasing, and diagnosis taking longer.   

‘Young people need our support more than ever and that’s why Romesh’s support is so critical.’

 Find out more about Teenage Cancer Trust here

Published: 27 Sep 2023

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