At Shine Cancer Support, we run 13 networks across the UK to support young adults with cancer. These Networks are the core of our support and always have been; they provide a unique way for young adults with cancer to meet others who have had similar experiences. This year, on Giving Tuesday, we’re asking for your help to raise £3,000 to keep these Networks going.
There are many ways that you can support our #Give4Shine campaign. Read on to get involved and help us to reach more young adults with cancer than ever before! ______________________________________________________________
If Shine is about one thing, it’s about community.
We started Shine 10 years ago because we felt isolated and alone as young adults with cancer, and we wanted to change that. We began as a small group meeting together for coffee in Dorset. In 2012, we started our Shine London Network, bringing together capital-based young adults for meet ups and drinks, and we quickly spread to the Midlands, Newcastle, Cardiff and beyond!
While we’ve grown a lot, and developed new ways of supporting young adults with cancer (do check out our website for details of upcoming events!), the one thing that has stayed the same is our belief in the power of being surrounded by people who just get it – other young adults who know what it’s like to be the youngest person in the waiting room, who wonder how they’ll ever find the energy to get back to work, and who live with the uncertainty that a life-threatening illness brings to every part of life.
More than anything, we’re proud that we’ve been able to bring people from across the UK together to share their experiences, chat, and – very importantly – laugh. Run by our volunteers (all of whom have had cancer themselves), we know that our Shine Networks make a huge difference: 97% of people who have attended a Shine event in 2018 say it’s made them feel more supported and less isolated as a young adult with cancer.
This Giving Tuesday, we’re trying to raise £3,000 enough money to support our Shine Network meet-ups for a year. It’s the biggest one-day goal that we’ve ever set and there are a bunch of different ways you can help us!
- Donate: Every little bit really does help and you don’t need to donate hundreds to make a difference! If you’re able to support us with a donation, £10 would be very, very appreciated – simply text “TUES10 £10” to 70070.
- Blog: Can you write a blog post to highlight how your peers with cancer – your cancer crew, if you will – help you? If you’ve been to a Shine meet-up, you could write about how our local Shine Network events help, what you’ve enjoyed about them and why you’d recommend them to others. Or anything else that shows the value of being with people who understand! We’re asking each blogger to inspire 10 readers to donate £10 – a total of £100, enough to support the activities of five of our local Shine Networks for one month. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website and we can send you further details.
- Share: We’re asking as many people as possible to share on social media how Shine Networks support young adults with cancer. You can aim simply to raise awareness (which we need!) or your posts can also be aimed at inspiring your friends and family to donate £10 towards our goal.
Download our images below (just right click and “save as”) and you can share them with your own comment about how Shine has helped you or why you’re supporting us.
And whatever you do, don’t forget to use the hashtag #GIVE4Shine!
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If you’d rather make a direct donation, you can do so here.