The new grant will allow 2 of our Find Your Sense of Tumour events to take place this year, one for Under 18s and another for Over 18s. The 2-day residential event 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.
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.
The Queen's Trust is also helping to make sure that we continue to be there for young people after treatment has finished. We know that moving on from the routine and structure of cancer treatment can be scary. Suddenly no one is telling you what to do, or where to go next. Funded by The Queen's Trust, our Way Forward Programme offers a safe environment to give young people the chance to talk about anything that they might be worried about or dealing with. These 2-day events bring small groups of young people together so they can support each other and open up on issues including fertility, education, relationships and the fear that cancer will come back.
Funding from The Queen's Trust has also paid for our patient guide, Honest Answers, Sound Advice: A Young Person's Guide to Cancer, which was launched in 2015. The guide 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.
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."