Every day 7 teenagers hear the devastating words “you have cancer”.
That’s 2,555 new cases of cancer in young people every year, close to 500 since lockdown began on 23rd March, and 79% of them will experience a serious impact on their mental health due to diagnosis and treatment.
During this pandemic they are STILL going through cancer and will continue their fight long after Coronavirus passes.
From the 23rd March, we converted all of our activities into online sessions, and we moved from 3 monthly activities to 4 digital activities every single week.
Thanks to the ability to meet, learn and have fun through virtual technology it has made our service far more accessible, enabling those who are too poorly to travel or simply too far away, the chance to learn new skills, express and challenge themselves without judgement and meet others their age who genuinely understand.
We can’t continue without urgent funds. We have had a 66% rise in applications, a clear signal that young cancer patients need help now more than ever before. But we are experiencing a 70% loss of income due to the cancellation of our fundraising activities.
Without your help these young people will be left to fight alone, in continued isolation, without the opportunity to live life beyond their diagnosis.
We welcomed a group of 'inmates' into the cells within our offices at a former police station, where they spent a night behind bars to raise vital funds for Teens Unite.
This Volunteers' Week, we're saying thank you to the amazingly kind, and committed individuals who help us to make a difference, and asking for your help with our Saturday openings!
Following our office move to the Old Police Station in Hoddesdon, we're launching our most extraordinary fundraising event to date! Could you stay overnight in one of the 16 original cells to help us support more young people fighting cancer?