We hugely value the ideas and contributions YOU can make to help keep us real and relevant for you! We know that ideas and trends change in our world. That is why we want as much involvement as possible from the people who matter most – you!
We are delighted to introduce this year’s Youth Ambassador panel. Our panel will help us to improve, include and involve!
If you would like to consider being an ambassador, please contact Georgie by email.
In the meantime, take a look at these brief profiles and find out more about your representatives – forward united!!
I am quite crafty and love to make things in my spare time, I’ve done card making, jewellery, mosaic art, candles, knitting, cross stitching and recently taught myself to sew on a machine and made a few bags, cushions and curtains for my new house. I started cross stitching when I got ill and I found it a good activity to do while in hospital as didn’t take up much of my energy. My friends and family love getting home made gifts so they keep me busy with their requests ha.
I also love travelling (minus the travel sickness ha) I currently live in the lake district and love to sight see and visit the local villages and towns as well as travel over to Yorkshire or Scotland with my partner. I love to travel abroad too and see all the different cultures and history. I am not a sunbed and beach type of girl I like to sight see more.
My favourite YCT activity is a hard one, as there isn’t any I don’t like. (Apart from horse riding I have a fear of horses unfortunately no idea why I just do).
I really enjoyed food week, getting to making chocolate bars and learning the history behind it all and spending a few hours in Swanage.
Go karting is also a great activity brings out the competitive side in everyone.
One of the best facilities by the house is the swimming pool next door we can use with the Jacuzzi. Also the beach only a few metres away so regardless of your abilities you can relax with ease.
My favourite saying is “When it rains look for rainbows and when it’s dark look for stars.”
Arnie Higgs & Liv Payne
Hi my name is Arnie Higgs and i’m into many things like playing pool, going to golf every weekend, spending time with my family. I love imagining ideas and designs for houses and buildings as I like interior design. I love my dogs too.
My favourite activity at Youth Cancer Trust is watersports. I love to laugh and joke that I can’t do it. But I literally cannot do it! but I love making everyone laugh, it’s a great crack.
I have many heroes from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Sylvester Stallone, but my number one hero is my brother I always look up at him and he’s always there for me. He is Bill Millar Staff Sergeant for the Army Air corps based in Andover.
My favourite quote is: “Today the devil whispered in my ear and said you’re too weak to withstand the storm… today I whispered in the devils ear “I AM THE STORM”.
Hi I’m Liv Payne, I’m into spending my time looking after disability children and making them smile, which is my main job role as a Aba tutor as well .
My favourite YCT activity is go-karting as I love the thrill going round the course and trying to beat everyone’s score times.
My hero is my Fiancé, Arnie, he has taught me a lot of things about life and made me a stronger person.
My favourite quotes is: “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”.
I’m a Beaver Scout leader, I love walking and keeping fit and trying new things. Of course I absolutely love shopping I’m a magnet to shops.
My favourite activities at YCT were water sports, although I can’t do them now it was still my favourite and just spending time with everyone at YCT relaxing in a happy place
My heroes are mum, dad and fiancé David who care for me so much and my surgeon.
My phrases are “crack on” and “I can do this”.
I’m into music, it’s my biggest passion and I currently attend one of the top music colleges in the country!
My YCT favourite activity is the boat ride, I find it very calming!
My hero would probably have to be my best friend Zara, she’s a fellow cancer warrior and she has so much strength!!!
My favourite phrase is “Plan A didn’t work, that’s okay! Good job the alphabet has 25 more letters!!”
I put noise cancelling ear phones in and listen to it and think to my self stay cheeky keep smiling and that’s what I do
My favourite YCT activity has got to be the water park. That’s when the group really bond, everyone’s falling in and making fools of themselves, but no one cares it’s all about having fun even when you can’t do it and just end up in the water. Close second has to be go karting.
As weird or silly as it may sound I don’t have a hero, I think you are the best you can be and do the best you can with what you have so you are your own hero in a way there for you don’t really need a hero.
I have two favourite quotes, but I don’t say them often out loud but am forever saying them to myself, the first one is stolen from Olly Murs “stay cheeky, keep smiling” the second is “I fall from the sky but I won’t fall forever, but when I rise I’ll be stronger then ever”. That is from a song called stronger then ever by Raleigh Ritchie, and if you or anyone there haven’t heard it before I strongly recommend you putting it on and having a listen, it’s a perfect song and I think everyone could relate to it some way.
I’m into cars, travelling, reading, cycling and my favourite colour is purple.
My heroes are my parents who started from the very bottom and have managed to build an amazing life for us.
My favourite saying is: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen”. And also I like this one: “Don’t count the days, make the days count”.
Hi my name is Kingsley and I’m into things like; music, travelling, keeping fit, socialising, meeting new people and most of all I love cooking and food.
I enjoy all the YCT activities but if I had to choose I would say food week, water sports, visiting the fudge shop to try new fudges and most of all go karting because I’m quite competitive.
My mum is my hero because she has been with me through thick and thin and made me a stronger person. I still don’t like the fact that she hasn’t shared her secret recipes with me though ?.
My favourite quote/saying is: “I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up…. and handle it”.
I am currently a full time athlete and love anything outdoors. I am also a BSc Biomedical Health student and love keeping up to date with what’s happening in the world of science.
When I am not training or studying, I like seeing my friends and family and love listening to music. I am a massive dog person and it is impossible for me to be near a dog and not say hello.
I don’t have a specific favourite YCT activity, I just love any of the water based activities; wake boarding, fast sight seeing speed boat trips and the out door inflatable course.
I don’t necessarily have a favourite quote but I believe that if you want to achieve something, you have to work for it and that you can achieve anything that you sent your mind to.
I currently work 2 jobs – my weekend job is working at the Emmerdale studio tour and the Emmerdale village tour! I really enjoy working there and the people I work with are fab!
I enjoy watching various sports from football to boxing even motorsports!
My favourite YCT activity has to be go-karting because it is a fun activity and I am competitive even if I’m not very good haha!
The main idol in my life is Steve Irwin and from a very young age I watched him on TV and read his books as his passion for helping all animals is something I have always shared! He was a truly astonishing person who had a massive affect on the way people see wildlife to this day!
My favourite phrase is “Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now!” This is my favourite phrase because I believe everyone has stuff they want to do in life and everyone deserves to spoil themselves, so instead of saying tomorrow or next week or even next year do it now!
What is Youth Cancer Trust?
The Youth Cancer Trust is a charity based in Bournemouth. It provides support and free, activity-based holidays for young people living with cancer in the UK or Ireland.Read more
A break from cancer
Are you (or do you know someone who is) a young adult living with cancer? We provide an opportunity to have fun and chill out in a safe environment with others who understand what it’s like.Apply for a holiday
Share your story
If you have a story you think people may connect with, please share it with us. We'd like to publish it on our blog.Submit a story
Get our newsletter
Get the latest news, events and more – straight to your inbox.