Hello, I’m Roxy, CEO at Teens Unite but I am also a mum, a daughter, a sister and a friend.
In light of the ongoing concerns all of us are experiencing as a result of COVID-19, I would like to share an update from our team.
The stark reality of life right now means that we are all beginning to get a sense of the impact isolation, fear, loneliness and anxiety has on us as human beings, coupled with having decisions about your own life and wellbeing taken out of our control – it’s a reality many of us are having difficulty digesting.
These are all feelings regularly experienced by cancer patients throughout the UK.
For the young people fighting cancer, supported by Teens Unite, it is apparent that they are now experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and loneliness, far beyond what the majority of us will experience They have been told not to leave their homes at all for the next 12 weeks, to keep three steps away from any family member within their household. Their isolation will be total for much longer than ours and they need our support more than ever.
Relationships, connections and community support are essential to both preventing and tackling loneliness, depression and supporting individuals mental health.
At Teens Unite we bring together young people who are fighting cancer so that they can meet others who genuinely understand what it’s like to face cancer in your teenage years.
Teens Unite creates a community where these young people fit in, giving them a chance to feel ‘normal’ where cancer is not the thing that makes them different, but the thing that unites them.
At the moment we are not able to fulfil our primary face to face activities and the young people are telling us how this is effecting their mental wellbeing,
We won’t allow this to hold us back, we are more determined now than ever to ensure we are here to support.
As a result, today we have launched a series of digital meet ups, that will run every other day for our beneficiaries to access. Our programme will be a mix of interactive online video sessions, such as Yoga and relaxation techniques, Q&As with nutritionists, skincare specialists and fun projects to work on together in meet and makes. We’ll also be hosting group ‘meet ups’ online so we can chat and keep everyone connected.
We expect the days, weeks and months ahead to be testing but even more so for those young people fighting cancer.
The young people we support will STILL be going through cancer treatment and will STILL have all those hurdles to face, as well as coping with the concerns coronavirus has brought with it.
We are determined to help everyone stay united and keep connected.
I’m extremely proud of my fantastic team at Teens Unite and how they are working tirelessly and innovatively to continue to provide more support than ever before to our beneficiaries. However we can’t continue to do this without YOU. I’m asking for your support to help us stay united and stay connected.
Please share the fantastic work we are doing across your social channels.
Please visit our GoFundMe page and contribute to our appeal, these funds are their lifeline, you can make the difference:
CEO, Teens Unite
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