It's more than just a vision, it's a necessity.
A cancer diagnosis impacts every aspect of a young person’s life. Their work, education, health and friendships are all affected long-term. Not only are they fighting for their lives, but 80% will experience anxiety and depression and 87% will lose contact with their friends, leading to loneliness and isolation.
For many young people, we are their only form of ongoing support, which continues even when they are in remission. This is often an incredibly daunting time as there is an expectation to simply return to 'normal', yet the world they once knew has been turned upside down.
With our support so unique, we are experiencing a significant increase in registrations from young people year on year. Yet, without a dedicated base to host our activities and residential stays, we have reached capacity for the support we can provide that has proven so beneficial to their recovery.
Our residential stays demonstrate the added benefits of staying away from home. For some young people, making the return journey for our one-day activities is impossible due to the impact cancer has caused to their health. The House of Teens Unite will provide overnight accommodation and areas to relax, making our support more accessible to all who need it, on a more regular basis.
It will be a much-needed safe space, where young people can confide in others who are fighting similar cancer battles, as so many of them hide their emotional pain and fear from loved ones; with feelings of guilt overriding their own mental health and wellbeing; making the long road to recovery even harder.
By 2030, it is our vision to offer 3,000 opportunities to young people fighting cancer each year.
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.
Thank you to our wonderful Trustee, Viv Edwards for starting the summer with her Secret Festival in the Woods fundraising event in aid of Teens Unite.