We know that having cancer at a young age can be isolating and lonely - and we’re working to change that. We have lots of ways to meet other young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer either online or in person.


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As a small charity, we rely on donations and sponsorship to deliver our life-changing programmes and activities. Fancy helping us out? You can help make a big difference to the young adults living with a cancer diagnosis!


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. No one needs to go through cancer alone.


Why 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.



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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! Check out our list of Networks below. No Network near you? Join us online and see if you can find others that way!

Events organised by our local networks are promoted through their email lists.  Find out what's happening in your local area: 


Emma had a long career in banking prior to starting Shine.  Her work included risk and compliance management across a region of 80 branches, as well as working as a branch manager.  She also carried out high level fraud investigations and disciplinary hearings. She is an experienced trainer and has designed and delivered training for a range of organisations including Macmillan, Breast Cancer Care, the NHS and Cornwall Council. She has qualifications in cancer support and advanced coaching.

Emma is voluntary Chair of the Dorset Cancer User Involvement Group through which she works to improve patient engagement across Dorset and Wessex. In 2013 she was awarded a fellowship from the School for Social Entrepreneurs and, in 2015, she was named as Dorset's Most Inspirational Woman.

Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29 and started Shine shortly afterwards.  She currently acts as Shine's Director of Operations and Training and oversees all of the support provided to Shine's local Networks.