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14 Apr 2021

Discover You 2021

Despite COVID-19 restrictions still in place, we were determined to make our Discover You event happen. So, for 2021, we went digital, with the help of funding generously received from The Hilton Foundation. 

Over 50 young people came together for the motivational conference – it was an opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers, take part in workshops and taster sessions and spend time with others of a similar age, fighting similar battles.

For young people fighting cancer, it can feel like there's so much they can't do, but we focus on showing them what they can do. Our Discover You event helps to map out a path ahead and planning a route to achieving their goals and aspirations, whatever they may be, no matter how big or small they may feel.

For some, the day was about being signposted to opportunities relating to education or early employment, for others it was about learning to live more positively with their diagnosis.

The day started with an energetic beatboxing session from MC Zani, who shared some tricks of the trade with us and had us all saying 'Boots and Cats' in no time. It was a chance to be creative and express ourselves, without any questions or judgement.
The teens then had a choice of three breakout sessions to attend: an all-abilities fitness session with FLX Fitness, a yoga and mindfulness workshop with Tara Trautman or a session on Self Care.

After a break for lunch, we met three young people supported by Teens Unite – they bravely shared their stories of derailment, disappointment, and determination and how they found strength and built resilience to live happy and fulfilled lives and chase their dream careers in the NHS.

Another series of breakout sessions followed; there was a workshop on fashion design with FVCK Cancer, a session on web and app design with The Life Group, Dr Anisha (a cancer survivor herself) spoke about returning from cancer and The Comeback Club delivered a talk on ‘Discovering Your Strengths’. 

The day ended in the most inspirational of ways as we were joined by international motivational speaker, former Teens Unite Trustee, and teenage cancer survivor, Chris Lambert-Gorwyn.  Chris’s high energy session told how he sees himself as the lucky one having had cancer as a teenager; how it has taught him to take the positives from all situations and to celebrate every success; no matter how small.

We would like to thank everyone who was a part of the event; from all of the young people who joined us and continue to inspire us every day; to the motivational speakers and of course The Hilton Foundation. 
 

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