Youth Cancer Trust
The Youth Cancer Trust is proud to be associated as a partner of My Name is not Cancer (MNINC) and fully endorses the MNINC publication which offers a focal point to encourage people to retain their identity which is not defined by a cancer diagnosis.
The Youth Cancer Trust is 15 years old this year and has been providing support and residential holidays for teenagers and young adults with cancer (aged 14 to 30) and their siblings from the UK and Ireland throughout this time.
The Youth Cancer Trust provides a 'process' rather than just 'a holiday'. It secures for the long-term, strong and informal networks amongst young people facing cancer. As an introduction to the 'Youth Cancer Trust Process', young people are offered a holiday - this extended meeting with others who are facing similar challenges, garners levels of trust which otherwise could not be established -but it is just the start - once the trust is in place a process of invaluable dialogue, information exchange, informed empathy and deep understanding provides our guests with long-term benefits. These include: greater self-confidence, reduced isolation, repaired levels of optimism and relief for them, their siblings and parents and those who care for them as they fight the disease.
The Youth Cancer Trust has approximately 250 young people stay at the charity home on in Bournemouth each year: Tracy Ann House is a small converted hotel situated a few minutes walk from blue flag beach, Alum Chine. The house accommodates up to 8 youngsters each week from Monday to Friday. Tracy Ann House is decorated, furnished and carpeted to a high standard. There`s a games room with a pool table, table football, professional karaoke system, PS3, Xbox360, Nintendo Wii, Keyboard and guitars. The kitchen and laundry room have been built to maximum standards of hygiene in consultation with the Environmental Health Authority and on the first floor are six bedrooms (two en-suite) and a main bathroom (with accommodation for staff, offices and storage space on the second floor).
There`s a comfy lounge with a wall mounted plasma screen, cinema surround sound, DVD player and a HiFi.
All bedrooms have their own fridges - plus CD players and TV’s (so make sure you bring your own music!) The house also has wireless internet access if you`d like to bring your laptops.
Young people can take part in a range of activities and you can use the indoor or outdoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi situated next door at the Riviera Hotel and we`ve a beautiful garden with lots of areas to sit and relax in, called the ‘Garden of New Beginnings’ and a summer house, to be used in the future for therapies, arts & crafts, etc.
Every Thursday evening during the summer, we usually have a barbeque where we invite our friends and supporters to join us. This is often followed by karaoke
Our charity is unique. No other charity provides a space where a small group of young cancer patients can spend time together taking part in healthy activities. We work with local service providers who provide these activities. We work in partnership with other health/cancer organisations and professionals such as the NHS, CLIC Sargent, Macmillan, Teenage Cancer Trust, social workers and hospitals with Oncology Units... and the Youth Cancer Trust is well established and trusted as a resource amongst health professionals as a service they can offer a young cancer patient.
The young people can return each year if they want to, enabling them to build long-term friendships with peers who understand. From research it was found that being able to return has a positive outcome on the state of mind of the young person helping them to deal more positively with their illness. 91% of the young people who stay at the Youth Cancer Trust report an improvement in self confidence. Follow this LINK to read what young people say about their stay at they Youth Cancer Trust