To pay for 20 young cancer patients from the UK and Ireland to enjoy a free activity holiday with the Youth Cancer Trust
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1064736)
The Youth Cancer Trust recently changed its objectives to include 25 to 30 year olds as they felt they were missing out on fun activities and becoming a 'lost tribe. Since we added this age group we had 65 x 25 to 30 year olds stay with us at Tracy Ann House in Bournemouth. Some of these older age group had been before and it is the only chance they get to be with others who understand what it is like to live with cancer or the affects of having had cancer as a teenager. Living with cancer can be hugely isolating for some of these young people and one of our principle aims is to 'reduce isolation' amongst young cancer patients'. There is no other charity in the UK which addresses this as it's core activity. The cost per holiday which includes all transport to and from the house, all meals and refreshments and activities is ¬£500, so we are looking for a total of ¬£10,000 for 20 patients. Thank you for your consideration. We have included a quote from one of the older age group who was able to stay with us again this year... "I wanted to write to thank you for once again giving me the opportunity to visit Tracy Ann House. As always the week was so much fun and I've met some wonderful people. It seemed as if we had no sooner arrived than it was time to go home again! This visit was all the more special to me as I thought that I wouldn't be able to come again after my 25th birthday. By changing the age limit you've given me back some of the support that I had thought I'd lost for good. I joined the Adult Services from the Teenager and Young Adult Services around ten months ago and almost immediately realised that the support I'd received from my liaison nurse and social groups and simply the security of knowing that when you were ill the people who were looking after you were familiar faces, like old friends, was no longer there. Some of the people who looked after me I had known and trusted since I was first diagnosed at the age of six and they had been there throughout my subsequent three relapses at ages 10, 17 and 22. I felt very lost and alone. Once I got to 25 no one seemed to want to know. I was just another file to be got through. I know that I am not the only person of my age to have experienced this problem and by doing what you've done in raising the age limit I hope that you have set a precedent for other young adult services to follow. You continue to have my utmost respect, love and admiration for who you are and what you do." Vicky (aged 27)
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