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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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Shine has unveiled a new logo and website today. We’re really excited to share it with our members and supporters. It’s a big change and we hope you’ll grow to love it as much as we do!

Why are we rebranding?

Shine has come along way since it started in 2008 as a non-traditional support group for young adults with cancer in Dorset. We’ve loved each of our logos but as we enter our fourth year as a registered charity, we feel that the time is right to refresh our image. We want to make sure that both our logo and our website reflect not only who we are now, but also where we hope to be in the next five years.

In designing the logo, we were incredibly lucky to receive pro bono support from Joseph Burrin, a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. Joe has worked with some of the world’s top brands, including Coca Cola, Nike and Heineken so we were delighted that he decided to work with us! We wanted something that was fun and bright, that reflected our support of both men and women, and something that was recognisable whether we had the words ‘Shine Cancer Support’ next to it or not. Our new logo also builds on our earlier logos, both of which featured circles (the first was a disco ball!).

At Shine, we’re working to make sure that young adults who have experienced a cancer diagnosis in their 20s, 30s and 40s get the information and support that they need, in a way that suits their lifestyles. Over the past few years, we have supported hundreds of men and women but there is still much more work to do; 30,000 adults aged 25 to 49 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year and we’re determined to reach as many of them as we can.

We’ll be rolling out our new logo over the next few months and also announcing a number of exciting new activities. In the meantime, we’re sending a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far. Whether you’ve fundraised for us, joined our community, volunteered for us, or just told someone about us, we couldn’t have got to this point without you.