Right now, for every young person we can support, there's another we can't. We want to offer every young person with cancer the support they need, when they need it - before, during and after diagnosis. This year, because of you, we've achieved a lot worth shouting about...

We aimed to raise £13.9 million in 2016/17 but actually raised £16 million! In tough economic times, it's a real achievement to have exceeded our fundraising target. Thank you!

In 2016/17, we spent 77p of every £1 donated on making sure young people didn't face cancer alone. To reach every young person with cancer, we need to raise at least £20 million each year. In the current climate, we know this is a serious challenge – but we’re serious about making it happen. Until we do, young people will keep missing out on specialist care – often getting treated either with much younger children or in adult wards. Our focus on working efficiently and growing our income more sustainably has never been stronger.

Our work before cancer diagnosis in 2016/17

Let's start where our work starts, and that's not when a doctor first mentions the word cancer. Throughout last year, our Education Executives travelled the UK and Channel Islands, giving presentations to help young people sort the cancer facts from the cancer fictions. 1 in 2 people will now develop cancer in their lifetime, so it's never been more important for all of us to be able to recognise potential warning signs. Knowing what to look for can lead to faster diagnosis and fast treatment within our specialist services, so our presentations pass on knowledge that could save lives - and help young people feel more confident talking about cancer. Of course that's easier said than done. But our experts understand how to help young people feel comfortable and safe, sharing the truth sensitively and in a way that resonates. Through these presentations, we want to change the way a whole generation thinks about and understands cancer.

93% of students surveyed said our education presentation increased their knowledge and understanding of the warning sides of cancer

I just wanted to repeat a thank you for coming in as after your talk a student went to the doctors as was suffering from symptoms and has been diagnosed with lung and testicular cancer. This could have been ignored without your talk

Louise, Teacher

What we said we'd do:

  • We wanted to talk to 225,000 teenagers and young adults about cancer, in 1,500 schools and colleges


What we did:

  • We spoke to 237,464 teenagers and young adults about cancer, in 1,434 schools and colleges.


What we'll do next year:

  • Speak to 225,000 teenagers and young adults in 1,500 schools and colleges.


The lowdown:

Our experts beat our target for the number of young people we wanted to reach, despite not making it to quite as many schools as we'd planned

Find out more about our education work.

Our work during treatment in 2016/17

Young people don't stop being young people after a cancer diagnosis. We're here to make sure that's always taken into account, and to help everyone - young people, their families and their friends - feel more ready for whatever they have to face.

Last year, our specialist staff supported hundreds of young people in our 28 units in NHS hospitals across the UK and Channel Islands, as well as helping many more in other hospitals and in their homes. Young people with cancer have very different needs to children with cancer and adults with cancer. Imagine being a teenager in a ward full of 6-year-olds or 60-year-olds and you begin to understand why tailored care is so important. 

95% of young people said that their specialist nurse was important to them throughout their treatment

What we said we'd do:


What we did:

  • Started rolling out our Nursing & Support Service in 5 regions - Northern Ireland, Scotland, the South Coast, the South West and the West Midlands
  • Funded 42 nurses, 30 Youth Support Coordinators and 6 Multi Disciplinary Coordinators. This included 6 new outreach nurses as part of our Nursing & Support Service, with 5 more due to be recruited in early 2017/18
  • Upgraded our units in 6 hospitals across Birming, Cardiff, Leeds, Newcastle and Nottingham
  • Improved the facilities for young people with cancer in 9 local hospitals around the UK
  • Gave out 2,260 copies of our Young Person's Guide to Cancer
  • Provided over 100 grants to specialist staff. This included our Stephen Sutton grants, which enabled healthcare professionals to come to our Global Congress in Edinburgh, and our Stephen Sutton scholarships, which help healthcare professionals pay for post-graduate study and introductory courses on cancer in young people with Coventry University
  • Funded JTV Cancer Support, a project that gives young people with cancer the chance to make videos and use other media to make sense of what they are going through


What we'll do next year:

  • Fund 58 nurses, 35 Youth Support Coordinators and 7 Multi Disciplinary Team Coordinators
  • Complete the roll-out of our Nursing & Support Service in the 5 regions where we began to introduce it in 2016/17


The lowdown:

In a challenging NHS environment, we didn’t meet our target to recruit staff in the planned timeframe. That’s because, as the NHS limits its contribution to cancer services for young people, we need to increase our contribution. But our Regional Services team put in an extraordinary effort to get to this point, and in 2017/18 we’ll complete the roll-out of our Nursing & Support Service in the 5 regions where it was launched in 2016/17.

We gave out almost twice as many Young Person’s Guides as we planned, boosting awareness of everything from different cancer treatments to coping if relationships get tough. We also funded more than twice as many professional grants as we planned.

Our work after treatment in 2016/17

As teenagers and young adults adjust to whatever the future holds, we're there to offer advice and bring young people together. The end of treatment can bring a whole new load of challenges, and we're here to ease that transition. 

Our expert staff offer guidance on everything from long-term side effects to returning to school or work. And our Find Your Sense of Tumour conference and Way Forward events give young people the chance to be there for each other. Sharing ideas, advice and worries at these events can make a world of difference, because no one gets what you're going through quite like someone who's going through it too.

What we said we'd do:

  • Bring together 260 young people at our Find Your Sense of Tumour weekends and 105 at our way Forward programme


What we did:

  • 261 young people came to Find Your Sense of Tumour and 80 came to the Way Forward
  • 112 young people took part in our Ultimate Backstage Experience at the Royal Albert Hall


What we'll do next year:

  • Support 260 more young people at Find Your Sense of Tumour and 105 at our Way Forward programme


The lowdown:

  • We brought hundreds of young people together at our support events. And while we had to cancel one of our Way Forward programmes, we hit tartget for our Find Your Sense of Tumour conferences.


As well as supporting young people and families directly, we do a lot of less visible work to make sure support for young people constantly improves.

On our own and in partnership, we work with policy makers and commissioners to improve care and raise awareness of why specialist support is vital. In 2016-17 we: 

  • Turned cancer strategies into lasting change
  • Made big progress in Parliament
  • Told politicians about our education work
  • Ensured young people were heard
  • Put data on the agenda
  • Made waves in Scotland
  • Achieved more through collaboration


We receive no government funding, so our work is only made possible by your support

Loud legends...

This year we celebrated the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall, with The Who performing an unforgettable set supported by another music legend, Noel Gallagher. The Who’s Roger Daltrey CBE – our Honorary Patron – was instrumental in setting up these gigs back in 2000, and we can’t thank him enough for helping to create this century of stratospheric shows.

Longstanding legends...

We owe so much to our Founders and Life Presidents Dr Adrian Whiteson OBE and Myrna Whiteson MBE, and to our Honorary Patron Sarah Duchess of York, who has supported Teenage Cancer Trust since our launch in 1990. And we couldn’t be more excited that the Duchess of York’s daughters, HRH Princess Eugenie and HRH Princess Beatrice, also became Honorary Patrons in 2016.

Corporate legends...

Domino’s helped raised an incredible £806,143 for young people with cancer last year, through everything from special promotions to fancy dress days. The company also played a vital part in helping young people and families on our units get together, by providing the pizzas for our monthly pizza nights. And 2017 also saw the launch of a major partnership with Aldi. The company is aiming to raise £5 million over the next five years, and was on track to raise £1 million by the end of the first year, with 600 staff completing challenges from skydives to mud runs. Phenomenal.

Funding legends...

The Queen’s Trust has given us life-changing funding since 2013, and last year donated £504,000. That money paid for all of our Find Your Sense of Tumour and Way Forward events, as well as our Young People’s Guide to Cancer. Or, to put it another way, the Queen’s Trust brought young people together and made sure they were supported and informed. That’s a huge impact, and we’re hugely grateful.

...and hundred of legendary thinkers

Thanks also to the 350 health professionals from around the globe who joined us at our Global Congress in December 2016 to talk treatments, research and the latest developments in teenage and young adult cancer care. Together, we’ll make sure exceptional care becomes the norm.

To every single person who supported us in 2016/17, thank you so much. In challenging times, your incredible efforts help us make sure that no young person has to face cancer alone.


Download our Annual Review and Annual Report for 2016/17