As part of our Education & Awareness Programme, we explain the truth about cancer in young people, so that young people and their families aren’t afraid to talk about it or seek help, and GPs, teachers and parents are better prepared to recognise it.

Expert staff support young people with cancer on our 28 wards (usually called units) in NHS Principal Treatment Centres, in other NHS hospitals all over the UK, and in young people’s homes. We also bring young people with cancer together so they can support each other. Wherever we work, we’re always guided by one thing we’re certain of – young people with cancer are different to young children with cancer and different to adults with cancer, and they need support that always takes that into account.

Our work doesn’t end when cancer treatment ends. As young people and their families adjust to whatever the future holds, we’re there to offer advice and to bring young people together at events where they can talk through the stuff that's on their minds.

Our 28 specialist wards (usually called units) are designed to feel more like a home than a hospital ward. They reflect what young people tell us they need, so they’re comfortable, contemporary and communal – rather than simply clinical.
Of the 7 young people diagnosed with cancer every day, only half access the specialist care and support we provide, which is currently limited to major hospitals. They might live too far away from our units, or are never referred to us in the first place.
 
But we have a plan – an outreach programme that allows us to be there for young people in main cancer hospitals, local hospitals, or even in their homes. This model of care is revolutionary. No other charity in the world is supporting young people with cancer in this way and the great news is – it works!
 
We're at a critical point in our plan to roll out our support package to every region in the UK - the only thing holding us back is a lack of funds. We need legendary supporters to reach our goal of helping every young person with cancer. And that's where you come in.

 

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