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We know that having cancer at a young age can be isolating and lonely - and we’re working to change that. We provide support and activities both online and in person.


Information & Resources

Information on topics that we know are important to young adults living with a cancer diagnosis. We also share some of our favourite organisations. 


All about Shine

Shine is working to create a community of young adults with cancer. All of our work is designed to bring people closer together and ensure that they get the support the need. 

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About Shine

Shine exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. There is never a good time to have cancer, but we know that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts - and that many of these are not dealt with by traditional cancer support charities and services.

  • Our vision is that every adult in the UK living with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s can access the help and support that they need in a way that suits their lifestyle, and that they are a part of a confident, supportive and empowered community of young adults living with cancer.
  • Our mission is to provide tailored information and peer support for anyone in their 20s, 30s or 40s diagnosed with any cancer. We do this through a range of activities including lunches and drinks evenings, beach walks, multi-day getaways, workshops, online networking, and mentoring.

Find out more about Shine on our about page


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Want to meet up with other younger adults facing cancer?

Our Networks are not typical support groups: we don’t meet in hospitals, there is no set agenda, and we never sit around in a circle ‘sharing’! Our Shine Networks meet up on a regular basis for drinks, dinner, beach walks, bowling and more. And as a bonus, Shine always buys the first round!

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Christopher is an experienced community activist with a long history of work in North London. He sits on the Council of the Highgate Society, which aims to make Highgate and its neighbourhood a better place in which to live and work.  Christopher is Chair of his local Residents Association and is also the Secretary of the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum,  working to develop a Neighbourhood Plan to“further the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals in a neighbourhood area” and/or to “promote the carrying on of trades, professions or other businesses in an area”.

Christopher was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in 2008 and has been living with the illness on ‘watch and wait’ ever since. He met Ceinwen at the early stages of Shine London and now jointly runs the London Network.

He feels very passionately about the work of Shine Cancer Support and is currently the Chair on the Board of Trustees. He also volunteers at Shine's Great Escape as a peer supporter.