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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


Events in your area
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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The Great Escape is an opportunity for men and women in their 20s, 30s and 40s to meet others their age affected by cancer, to explore issues which are important to them and – most importantly – to have fun.

Workshop topics include managing anxiety, fitness, fertility and working after cancer.  It’s a packed agenda with plenty of down-time built in so still you have time to chill out or explore Bournemouth.

escape flyer 2017The Escape takes place over three and a half days in Bournemouth and is offered free-of-charge to participants (though we do ask that you try to raise some sponsorship money) All meals and accommodation are provided. 

What our Escapees say:

“What a fantastic weekend with an amazing bunch of people! I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! I've never felt so at ease before in a room full of strangers who I can now call my Shiny friends!”

“Wow, what can I say? It's been a fantastic, inspiring and challenging weekend. It's been a pleasure to spend it with such a wonderful group of lovely caring people.”

Applications are now open for our 2017 Great Escape. However, places are limited and we are always over-subscribed, please apply by 18th November. We'll let you know by the 9th December if your are going to be a 2017 escapee.

Make sure you let us know why you want to come as places are not alllocated on a first come, first served basis as we try to make sure that there is a good mix of people and experiences. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Applications are now closed.