Our Founders' Circle

No young person should face cancer alone. Together, we can make sure they don’t.

Myrna and Adrian, Teenage Cancer Trust Founders

Who are the Founders’ Circle?

Over thirty years ago, Myrna and Adrian Whiteson had a vision – to live in a world where cancer doesn’t stop young people from living their lives. By creating Teenage Cancer Trust they changed cancer care for young people throughout the UK forever.

The Founders’ Circle is a group of exceptional individuals who are dedicated to continuing this legacy. You can join today to stand by this vision and join a group of inspirational people, committed to making sure that young people receive the age-appropriate support they deserve.

Why we need your help

Every day seven young people aged 13-24 will receive a cancer diagnosis. Relationships, exams, careers, life plans are all shattered with the words ‘you have cancer’.

A cancer diagnosis can throw young people’s lives into chaos. Young people with cancer need specialised nursing and emotional support. Without it they may face overwhelming fear and isolation, as they deal with this earth-shattering news.

The money raised by the Founders Circle will fund vital services that are crucial to providing age-appropriate care for young people, such as expert nursing and support teams and the running costs of our incredible Teenage Cancer Trust hospital wards.

Why I’m proud to be part of the Founders’ Circle

Baroness Ros Altmann
Baroness Ros Altmann

“I cannot imagine the horror a teenager must feel when going through this traumatic time, just as life should be opening up for them and they are working out what their future holds.

“Myrna and Adrian Whiteson have worked tirelessly to establish this wonderful charity, which has supported young people and their families going through cancer for over 30 years. They had the vision to establish this special organisation, specifically to cater for the needs of young people with cancer, ensuring they do not have to face their illness alone.

“It is a great honour to be part of this group of people who are dedicated to continuing the remarkable work which has transformed so many people’s lives. I hope that others will join us, to support this fantastically worthwhile charity.”

Your impact

In pledging a gift of £5,000 or more annually and by joining the Founders’ Circle, you will continue the Founders’ legacy to make sure young people receive the age-appropriate care and support they desperately need, now and in the future.

Your £5,000 could go toward funding a month’s worth of specialist medical, social and emotional care for a young person with cancer. 

Members receive personal updates about how their support is helping and invitations to exclusive, members only fundraising events. Above all, you will make a life-changing difference to young people with cancer.

Ways to join the Founders' Circle

Join the Circle and give monthly

Sign up monthly, by giving £417 per month via Direct Debit.

Join the Circle and give annually

Sign up annually, by giving £5,000 per year via credit or debit card.

Our payment system is encrypted with the latest technology - it is important to us that your transaction is completed securely and safely. We take all major credit and debit cards, except AMEX. 

Want to know more before joining? Please contact us [email protected].

Other ways to join

Donate via bank transfer

Please email us [email protected] and we will provide our bank details.

Donate via cheque

Please send cheques to, including reference number: FoundersYourName

Teenage Cancer Trust
The Place
175 High Holborn

Help us grow the circle

If you know someone who you’d like to refer on to us and join the circle, please get in contact.

Myrna Whiteson MBE, Teenage Cancer Trust Founder

“The whole idea is that the patient is central. They are a young person first and a cancer patient second.


“They don’t want to be identified as a cancer patient, they’re a young person who happens to have cancer.”

Myrna and Adrian, Teenage Cancer Trust Founders
Our founders, Myrna Whiteson MBE and Dr Adrian Whiteson OBE

Our Founders' Story

Lead Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse at one of our units