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Beatrice and Eugenie join mum Sarah and 'X Factor's Joe to unveil teen cancer unit

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Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice joined their mum the Duchess of York and singer Joe McElderry to open a new teenage cancer unit in Newcastle
 Photo: © Rex

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Accompanied by Joe, the royal party talked with youngsters benefiting from the new facility at The Great North Children's Hospital
 Photo: © Rex

20 MAY 2010

Sarah Ferguson and her two daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were in Newcastle on Wednesday to open a new ward to help young cancer patients.

And alongside the Princesses at the unveiling of The Great North Children's Hospital unit was X Factor winner Joe McElderry.

The local singer joined the royal guests, as well as legendary Who frontman Roger Daltrey, to chat to youngsters benefiting from the facility at the unveiling.

Like their mum, both Beatrice and Eugenie, who wore complementary green and blue dresses for the visit, are keen supporters of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Duchess first got involved with the Trust 20 years ago and has opened 15 such units since then.

“As a parent to two young and fortunately healthy girls, this charity has a particular place in my heart," she said.

“Over the past 20 years, I have seen how important these specialist units are to a young person going through cancer treatment.”

The new £1.7 million facility, situated near where Eugenie is studying at Newcastle University, has been designed with teenagers in mind.

It includes a recreational room, kitchen and dining area, a study, parents' room, a complementary therapy room and chill-out zone, plus access to the internet and music.

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