The Youth Cancer Trust is a unique charity based in Bournemouth. It provides support and free, activity based holidays for young people aged 14 to 30 suffering with cancer or any malignant disease from anywhere in the UK and Irish Republic or who are patients of any UK hospital. You can also come on a holiday if you have been in remission for up to 5 years.
Put simply, we provide a safe place where young cancer patients can be together to enjoy a fun time away from hospital, doing what young people normally do without a cancer diagnosis.
The holidays take place all year round and run each week from the Monday through to the Friday.
We take groups of 8 each week of a similar age.
The Youth Cancer Trust also works in partnership with the NHS in the South West and has developed an online community for young people with cancer for peer support. The website is a pilot project and can be found here at www.realshare.co.uk
At the moment you need to have been treated or live in the South West of the UK to join the site. It will become a national website so please register your interest for the future here
What's great about The Youth Cancer Trust?
You can make friends with other young people who are going through or have been through similar experiences with cancer:
It boosts your confidence
It gives your family a break
You can bring a friend or a brother or sister for FREE!
You can get your own group of together of friends you made in hospital.
You can forget about cancer and hospitals for a while.
The activities are great fun. Everything from horse riding in the beautifulNew Forest to banana boating. We also have a therapy room and an arts & crafts shed so there's plenty to do.
You choose what you want to do and if you don't feel like taking part inthe activities, you can relax at Tracy Ann House. We have a pool table,Xbox360, PS3 and in-house karaoke or you can just chill out in our lovelygarden or beach hut.
You'll be staying at Tracy Ann House which is just like home from home, warm and friendly and you'll be well looked after by Jim, Brenda, Georgie, Derek, Peter, Laura and the YCT team.
Your holiday is just a telephone call away. Ring: 01202 763591 or email us now
If you want to find out more you can take a look at our history page which tells you how the charity was formed or you can go to our feedback page which has a whole load of quotes and stories submitted by youngsters who have been to the YCT.