Monday 29th June 2015
The new grant, which comes 2 years after The Queen's Trust gave us £300,000 to develop Find Your Sense of Tumour as well as other regional events, will allow the conference to take place both this year and next. The UK event is the only one of its kind and provides vital practical, emotional and social support, focusing on key issues young cancer patients face including topics like body image, fertility, relationships, isolation and living with an untreatable diagnosis.
Funding from The Queen's Trust has also paid for Teenage Cancer Trust's new patient guide, Honest Answers, Sound Advice: A Young Person's Guide to Cancer, which will be launched at the conference this weekend. The handbook is for recently diagnosed young cancer patients aged 13-24. As well as providing age-appropriate medical information it also covers a wealth of other areas including working through emotions, speaking to family and friends and dealing with changes in appearance.
Nicola Brentnall, Director of The Queen's Trust, said:
I have been to Find Your Sense of Tumour for the past few years and I am always moved by how inspirational it is, and the amazing support that young people with cancer find there. The Queen's Trust was established with one core purpose – to help young people help others. Teenage Cancer Trust understands the power of peer to peer support and it can be found at the heart of its offer. We are delighted to be able to help Teenage Cancer Trust expand its service and to help more young people than ever throughout their treatment as well as after.
Other projects which will benefit from The Queen's Trust grant are mentoring programmes and The Way Forward event, which helps young people move on after their treatment.
Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: "The funding that The Queen's Trust has provided over the past few years has been instrumental in us providing support to young people affected by cancer. Thanks to the grant we have been able to host a weekend of escape where young cancer patients can question cancer experts and share experiences with others their own age. We look forward to building on this over the next year with other events and programmes, reaching more young people and continuing to support them through an incredibly difficult time in their lives."