A portion of the day’s trading revenues from a selection of RBC’s businesses helped to fund donations to three national youth causes, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Teenage Cancer Trust.
The event, held in London for the first time, builds on RBC Trade for the Kids events first held in New York in 2015.
Throughout the RBC Trade for the Kids day, the bank’s City trading floor had the opportunity to meet 19-year-old former GOSH patient Cameron Stewart. Aged 10, Cameron underwent a seven-hour operation to remove a brain tumour the size of an orange.
A routine eye test first alerted Cameron’s family to the seriousness of his condition. An MRI scan saw him referred to GOSH, where he was given specialist care under the hospital’s neurological team. “That’s when I first heard the words brain tumour,” says Cameron.“I am eternally grateful that the specialist neurological team at GOSH were there for me,” he added.
A seven-hour operation
Surgeons carefully removed most of the tumour – reducing the size “from an orange to a golf ball”, says Cameron. Incredibly, within a week, he was home. Part of the tumour remains, so Cameron continues to receive treatment, but has now moved from GOSH to adult services.
He says of his time at the hospital, “The thing I remember most about my stay at GOSH is all the staff – in fact, they are the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. I really admire the doctors and nurses; they are the reason I’m still here today.”
Supporting children everywhere
Since his operation, Cameron has sought to give something back to GOSH by fundraising and sharing his story at events such as the RBC Trade for Kids.
RBC has a long-standing commitment to supporting youth-related causes around the world, and has previously supported GOSH events such as the RBC Race for the Kids.
Dave Thomas, CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe says: “It is wonderful to be able to bring RBC Trade for the Kids to the UK this year, and for our clients and employees to understand more about the vital work these charities do. This event allows us to give back to three incredibly deserving causes that resonate strongly with all our employees.”
Tim Johnson, Chief Executive, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, says: “As part of our longstanding and special partnership, we are thrilled that Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity was part of Royal Bank of Canada’s first ever Trade for the Kids day in the UK. All the money raised today will go directly to the hospital and make a real difference to seriously ill children across the UK. Thank you very much to everyone involved.”
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