It seems like every day now there's a different awareness day that we should be marking (National Chocolate Cake Day we can get onboard with, National Wiggle Your Toes Day, less so), but this one really is a biggie. February 4th, World Cancer Day, exists to raise awareness, improve education around cancer and inspire action, and it gives us the opportunity to shout about our work.

This year's theme, “Close the Care Gap”, is all about celebrating progress in its many forms that enable more people to seek and receive the care they need and deserve.

At Trekstock, we're closing the care gap by providing a range of bespoke programmes that help our community meet others, move their bodies and empower them with information on the trickiest things they're facing. Here's what that looks like:

  • Providing access to our unique community of others diagnosed with cancer in their 20s or 30s 
  • Giving access to our RENEW exercise programme with specialist instructors  
  • Running our Navigating Menopause course, the only of its kind to support young people living with cancer
  • Running free events on the topics that matter to our community like menopause, sex, friendship, mental health, work and more
  • Sharing our expert-led booklet on nutrition and cancer to answer all the questions floating round on what you should eat during treatment and beyond 
  • Connecting people through our regular meet-ups online and in real life 

Here's what Af, who recently took part in one of our coaching programmes, had to say of Trekstock's support:

"Even though I was six years clear at the time, and thought that I'd left it all behind me, it was really good to reflect on what had happened - I've even met some friends from it. Sometimes, when it's not as easy to keep talking about cancer with friends and family, when you think that they don't want to hear about it all of the time, and also they expect you to just be back to your old self, it's really good to share those stories with people who can relate to you. I cannot recommend these coaching programmes enough - it was probably the best thing I've done around cancer since getting the all clear."

We'd really appreciate it if you could donate to us. Your support means that we can continue to grow the charity, put more programmes on such as these and provide even more occasions for our community to connect with each other. Thank you.