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.
Hertfordshire County Council has officially announced that a new footbridge in the Borough of Broxbourne, part of the New River Bridge Improvement Scheme, will be named The Debbie Pezzani Footbridge in honour of Teens Unite Co-Founder, Debbie Pezzani
Our face-to-face events for the young people we support are back! With COVID restrictions lifted, we are so excited to be able to bring teens back together in person once again, whilst continuing to offer our digital activities.