A supply teacher from Ryton, Jamie Johnston (30), is one of the stars of Cancer Research UK’s Kids & Teens campaign which is currently appearing on billboards and TV and cinema screens up and down the county.

Jamie is currently working as a hospital teacher on the children’s oncology unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. He was placed in the role by Newcastle-based supply teacher agency PK Education and Jamie credits the role with reigniting his love for teaching.

As part of the 60-second advert, Jamie was filmed playing his guitar and singing by the bedside of a young cancer patient. The song also features as the advert’s soundtrack.

Due to the little known role of a hospital teacher, many people mistake Jamie for a medical professional in the advert.  Jamie said: “A lot of people, when they see the advert, assume I’m a friendly doctor playing my guitar because they’re not aware of the fact that the hospital has its own school and qualified teachers.”

He described filming, which was done just before Christmas as ‘a baptism of fire, saying: “I was only two weeks into the job when I walked onto the ward one morning and was met by a film crew who asked if they could follow me around and film me doing my job.”

The Cancer Research UK advert was given prime time viewing on itv on Boxing Day, appearing between Emmerdale and Coronation Street and was viewed by more than 8 million people. Cancer Research UK’s Kids & Teens campaign aims to raise more funds for research into cures and kinder treatments for cancers affecting children, teens and young adults.

Jamie added: “I was honoured to be included in the campaign and very pleased that we were able to raise awareness of the hospital school. It is a very special place.”

See Jamie in action in the Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens campaign here.

To find out more about Jamie and his role as a hospital school teacher, take a look at the case study here.

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