The Youth Cancer Trust provides support and free holidays in Bournemouth for teenagers and young adults (aged 14 to 30) with cancer from anywhere in the UK and Ireland. The holidays are a chance for young people to stay in a safe environment and be with others who understand what it’s like to have cancer.
To come on a holiday you will need to have agreement from your GP or health professional that you are fit to come. You can come before treatment, during or after… it’s entirely up to you.
You can also bring a friend or sibling with you for company or you might like to get your own group of friends together who you met whilst in hospital.
Youth Cancer Trust gives you an opportunity to have fun and chill out in a safe and relaxed environment with other people of your own age who understand what it’s like to have cancer. Youth Cancer Trust’s Tracy Ann House is open all year round and takes groups of 8 each week. Groups arrive on a Monday and leave on a Friday. Once your holiday is booked we will contact you to discuss travel arrangements. We are able to help with the cost of trains, planes and petrol. Please talk to Peter about this as he can organise and book the tickets for you. (email Peter)
Obviously, we are a charitable organisation so if you are able to afford your own transport costs we would very much appreciate this.
Those of 18 and over usually make their own way and some of you may have cars. There is parking in Studland Road in front of the house.
Why not arrange your own groups with other cancer patients you’ve met in hospital?
The school holidays are quickly booked up so it would be helpful if you are able to come out of season. This allows those who are in full time education the opportunity for a holiday.
We can discuss travel arrangements in more detail with you once you have made the right decision to come on a fun holiday with us!
All meals and refreshments are provided for you and there is no cost to you at all – everything is FREE!!
When you arrive on the Monday, you will be shown your room. You will then have the opportunity to meet the rest of the group and the staff. As a group you can then decide what activities you would like to go on during your holiday. There is no pressure and if you feel unsure about any of the activities you can always talk to us. We are on hand to talk about any of your concerns and want you to have a really excellent holiday!
Alternatively, if you have any questions – please email us or head over to our FAQs section.