Guest, Companion & Parent Stories

Here are just a few of the wonderful Youth Cancer Trust holiday stories from guests, their companions as well as parents.

Chelsey (Lichfield)

Chelsey (Lichfield)

Along the way, I faced many obstacles, many of which were only overcome thanks to amazing charities.

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Liam from Milton Keynes

Liam (Milton Keynes)

I was a bit nervous the first time but met some new people and really enjoyed the activities.

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John (Shewsbury)

John (Shrewsbury)

When you meet people who have been through treatment and come out the other side it gives you hope.

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Warren from Leicester

Warren (Leicester)

It feels like my second family when I come to the house and it’s helped my confidence greatly meeting so many different people.

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Sania from Manchester

Sania (Manchester)

The charity in short, is one of the most amazing places that I have ever been to.

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Jack from London

Jack (London)

To be around others that understand you, and have shared your experiences, is something which made my treatment almost bearable.

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Kirsty (Scotland)

Kirsty (Scotland)

YCT is a tremendous charity who give amazing support to young people from all over the country.

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Josie's Mum - Ann Wheeler

A Parents' Perspective

These (YCT visits) have far outweighed what any counselling course could have done.

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Kate from Plymouth

Kate (Plymouth)

When I come to the YCT house I actually feel ‘normal’. I never feel different and I can be myself.

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Laura - A Companions Tale

A Companions Tale

I cannot express enough how much help and guidance YCT has given me in terms of supporting a friend who has beaten cancer.

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Bryony from Bristol

Bryony (Bristol)

Our week at Youth Cancer Trust was a massive turn round point in my cancer journey.

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Dariusz from Suffolk

Dariusz (Suffolk)

The support given to me at YCT by the members of staff has made me a richer man. The increase of self-esteem is priceless.

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Andrew from Wales

Andrew (Wales)

I met some incredible people and had the experience of a lifetime.

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Paris & Paige - Twins from Leicester

Paris & Paige (Leicester)

It gave me the chance to just be a teenager again and have fun!

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Ceinwen ("Wen") From Cardiff

Wen (Cardiff)

YCT had me laughing again rather than worrying about being ill

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More Guest Stories

I would just like to say how nice it was to see you both again! with just having my operation everything was in the clouds for me and I thought oh no I have lost everything but when I came back to see the Youth Cancer Trust I was in the clear of everything and knew there would be a brighter day! Thank you.
Little Louise, Scotland

This week I’ve been in Bournemouth,
I’ll tell you in a rhyme,
About all the groovy things we did,
I had a wicked time!
Sailing was amazing,
The water sports were too,
It’s good fun going karting,
There’s just so much to do!
So thank you Jim and Brenda,
You make it great for all,
Just one thing left to say now…
Sorry about the wall!

Thank you for such a lovely holiday. It has been so relaxing yet fun-filled, just what I needed! We’ll definitely come back again in the years to come.
Thank you.
Anna & Vicki

Had the most amazing week even better than the last one. Keep up the good work. Take care.
Lindsay, Scotland

I really can’t believe how much I missed everyone since last time. Seeing everyone again was a great feeling. It felt like I have known them for years.

The YCT is my 2nd family spending time here is to be held in a family embrace.

This week has been amazing, I have enjoyed all of the activities and have had such a good time. Cant wait to come back next year, Thank you so much!

This was my sixth year coming to Tracy Ann House and every time I come I feel so alive and free. Thank you Jim for being a laugh and thank you Brenda for giving me the push to go to Australia.
Love you guys, Becky!
Becky, Romford

Thanks again for the break from my treatment and the chance to meet up with my friends again.

Every time I come here I find myself saying that I don’t want to go home. Thank you so much for having me and making me feel so special. I have some fantastic memories and have met many new people who I hope to stay in contact with.
Jessica, Romford

Once again I’ve had an amazing time and what a way to celebrate my birthday. Thank you all those who have made this possible. It really does make a difference.

Jim and Brenda, you both are the most amazing people I have ever met. I genuinely miss you both when I’m not here. I love Bournemouth so much and I get so excited when you invite me back.
It’s been my 3rd time here and the best time so far! The people I have met here are absolutely amazing. I have had such a good time singing Great Balls of Fire with Jim.
You both make me laugh so much you have made this house like my favourite second home! Brenda I’m so very sorry for making you drag me to the doctors, despite me feeling ill I had a wicked time.
We had really great activities again like, Go-karting and Dry ski slopes.
Oh and Brenda I love your new hair it looks great! Thank you so much for the gift bags with the Shaving foam. (Is that for my chest? Ha-ha!) Thanks again.
You’re both absolutely great and I hope to come down soon again!

In the words of someone famous who I don’t know “Friends are one family you make for yourselves” Thank you so much for everything you’ve given me – another fabulous week. Thanks to YCT I’ve made new friends, tried new activities and been able to relax and forget the trials and tribulations of everyday life. It’s like a home from home. Thank you for everything you’ve done, Words cannot express the feelings I have for you all.

Thanks for this amazing experience I have loved it all. Tried out sports I usually wouldn’t do. I go away with a lot better feeling for life. Thank you so much.

I’ve had the most amazing week with such great activities. I have spent the week with some amazing people in the world. Hope I can come again soon.

Wow! I can’t believe how much fun I had this week. This group is amazing and so random. We got up to so much during this week. I hope to keep the friends I have made, me and George made such a great bond & Jack is so funny.
Still have to go in the hot tub in the garden – maybe next time. This group I am so comfortable around, we stayed up every night talking about the most random things – Be careful about what you do with the socks guys! Lol.
We really should come back as a group again, Will never forget the good memories.
Well I really want to watch this film – Walking Tall, So will be quick. George I really do love me hair, you can quote me on that! The Lilly Allen style suits me!
Thank you for bringing us back and putting up with me again. Hope to see everyone again soon and thanks for the gift bag it is perfect for my new style.
Thanks for everything.

I’ve had an awesome time. Great to get away and chill out. Did some amazing things I’d never done before. YCT rocks.

This week has really been amazing, I have loved everything! You’re an inspiring pair of people and I am sure you have helped give every young person as much confidence as this holiday has given me! Thanks again, I am so grateful for everything you’ve done.

I’m trying to think of new ways to say what I’ve already said a thousand times before – You guys are amazing! I’ve had a fabulous time and recharged my batteries.

Had a great time, not only in terms of fun, but in meeting new people and understanding more about such a serious illness.You really are inspirational, and have made a big impact upon me, and makes me value certain things a lot more.
Many thanks, not to be forgotten. Thanks for everything.

Brenda, Jim and team you are some of the most amazing people ever! Thank you doesn’t express enough what you have all done for everyone who has ever had the pleasure to stay at this wonderful house. I look forward to returning to the house every year as I know the time I have will be unforgettable!
I hope you all the best health and happiness for the future and cant wait to return. ( Please have me back he he ).
Natalie, Liverpool

Wow. What can I say? Not only has this been the best Bournemouth holiday, it’s the best holiday I’ve ever had. I’ve made some amazing friends who I hope to keep for life.
I’ve had an absolutely amazing time and I honestly can’t thank you enough. You’ve made everything better, and easier to cope with.
Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to have a break and meet people who know exactly how I feel. This holiday is defiantly what the doctor ordered.

Thank you! This break was just what I needed there should be more Tracy Ann House’s all over the country.

Well what can I say that I haven’t already said a hundred times or more? This is now my 9th visit to Tracy Ann House and I have now been coming here for nearly 10 years!
I feel so privileged to be allowed to continue to visit and to be able to know all the wonderful people that help make these visits possible – Jim, Brenda & Georgie in particular – wonderful, selfless people who always make you feel welcome.
Your continued support & recognition of the issues facing the 25+ age group is fantastic and I’m so glad that someone is now taking this seriously.
Many heartfelt thanks for all that you are and all that you do.
Vicky, Yorkshire

This is where you can tell us what you thought of your holiday at the Youth Cancer Trust. If you would like to submit a comment or even a story of your experience, then please email us and we will add it here.