“We’re here to make sure young people don’t face cancer alone.
But, right now, for every young person we reach, there’s another we can’t. We won’t just sit back and accept that. So we’re expanding our work.
Our 28 specialist wards (usually called units) in NHS main cancer hospitals will always be at the core of what we do. They’re places where our expert staff offer the best possible support to young people and their families, and where young people can be together and support each other too.
But we need to go further and our units are central to making that happen. They’re becoming the regional hubs for our work right across the UK, as we make sure we’re there for every young person with cancer – wherever they’re treated.
We’re building wider links within the NHS and employing new teams of Teenage Cancer Trust Nurses and Multi-Disciplinary Coordinators to work with hospitals where we don’t have units, giving young people more choice on where they might like to receive the best care and support, including in their own homes. This is a brand new way of working and a major step forward that will mean we can offer support to all young people with cancer.
We’re also creating more opportunities for young people with cancer to help each other through our units or through a growing number of support events.
All of this will change the lives of young people with cancer. To make this happen, we need to raise £20 million every year by 2020, and that’s where I’m hoping you might be able to help…”