Holiday Breaks for young people whose lives have been impacted by Cancer
YouCan Youth Cancer Support officially opened their incredible new holiday home on Thursday 1 June. Offering free holiday breaks to young people, their friends and their families, Hinton House, the seaside property situated in Westgate on Sea will give them the chance to have some time away from their day-to-day lives and the enormous stress and anxiety of living with cancer.
As well as short breaks YouCan will offer themed Get Together workshop weekends. Recognising that cancer can affect confidence and self-esteem these workshops are designed by experienced health professionals, qualified therapists and business experts, with the aim of giving young people the confidence to reclaim a positive future. They will also go back home feeling revitalized and refreshed!
Award-winning BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire and Radio DJ Dave Berry joined young cancer sufferers and families hoping to use the house at the launch party. Victoria who in 2016 underwent cancer treatment said, “I am absolutely delighted to be an Ambassador for YouCan. It is so important to help and support teenagers and young adults with cancer – to listen to them, to give them advice, to give them a break from the reality of diagnosis and treatment.”
The house opening will also be the perfect time to thank everyone who has helped make this house possible. The support YouCan has received from the local community, businesses and generous philanthropists has been invaluable.
Having cancer at a young age can be a lonely and isolating experience and the most important part of YouCan’s work is to bring people of all ages together to share their experience with others who really understand. YouCan is part of the Children’s Development Trust (CDT), a charity that has been operating for 9 years, mostly with children and young people, helping them to improve their lives through well-being, sport, health and the arts.