Friday 14th December 2018


Teenage Cancer Trust is delighted to be working with The Sunday Mirror as the chosen charity for their Christmas Appeal 2018.

The appeal, launched on Sunday 9 December and running throughout the festive season, puts a spotlight on the life-changing care and support Teenage Cancer Trust provides to young people with cancer. 

Readers are being urged to donate to the charity’s #GiveAnHour campaign, to help fund our Teenage Cancer Trust Nurses and Youth Support Coordinators.  It costs from £25 an hour to fund these specialist posts and every penny generously donated by The Sunday Mirror readers will help our staff be there for the young people who need us. 

Our expert staff make a world of difference to young people, providing the best possible clinical care, emotional support and advice. They empower young people to make informed choices, help them juggle cancer care with school or work and support them and their families in the toughest of times. 

Over the festive period, The Sunday Mirror will feature stories from a range of young people who have benefitted from our support. Last weekend, Molly told her story about how she spent last Christmas in hospital, but this year is in remission and looking forward to spending it with her family. Owen was also interviewed about how Teenage Cancer Trust has supported him through a very hard year. On 16 December, Shannon shared her story and spoke about how Teenage Cancer Trust nurses helped her to feel less isolated, and connected her with other young people with cancer.

Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at Teenage Cancer Trust said:

“Christmas should be a time for family and friends, laughter and celebration, not cancer. This Christmas, thousands of young people will be facing cancer, and Teenage Cancer Trust will be there to make sure they have all the support they need during the festive season and all year-round.  We are delighted to have been chosen as The Sunday Mirror’s Christmas campaign, please donate to help us raise vital funds to support young people with cancer through our 28 specialist teenage cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK, led by expert Nurses and support staff.”

Roger Daltrey CBE, Honorary Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust said:

“I have met many young people with cancer. They shouldn’t have to stop being teenagers. They are young people first, cancer patients second and I am always struck by their lust for life. Half of 13 to 24-year olds with cancer still don’t get specialist care designed for them. Vital support like this will help us move closer to a time when every young person who wants Teenage Cancer Trust support can get it.”    

Thousands of young people across the UK are facing cancer this Christmas. Backing our #GiveAnHour campaign with The Sunday Mirror will help us reach more young people so that no one faces cancer alone. 

How to donate

Donate now at

Text NURSE to 70500 to donate £5

Teenage Cancer Trust will receive 100% of your text donation. Read the full terms and conditions

To donate by post, send cheques payable to ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ to Sunday Mirror, Christmas Appeal, Reach plc, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AP   

Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales); SC039757 (Scotland)