Trekstock gets young adults in their 20s and 30s moving again physically, socially and psychologically after cancer has stopped them in their tracks

OUR VISION

To help young adults with cancer in the UK to thrive with, through and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. 

OUR MISSION
Every day in the UK 34 young adults are diagnosed with cancer. Trekstock exists to ensure that no young adult in the UK faces it alone.
WHY ARE WE NEEDED? 

Trekstock gets young adults diagnosed with cancer in their 20s and 30s moving physically, socially and psychologically. We are the only charity that delivers tailored support to this age group of cancer patients, to tackle social isolation and improve quality of life through and beyond their treatment. 

“Cancer took away everything. Trekstock gave a bit of me back” Emma, 25, breast cancer. 

WHO DO WE HELP? 
  • The average age is 29 
  • 68% are in treatment or finished less than 2 years ago
  • 80% are in part-time or full-time work
  • 79% have received chemotherapy
  • 60% found out about us through social media

34 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. Trekstock, founded in 2009 delivers services to young adults across the UK. We are there for each and every one of them, no mater what type of cancer they are diagnosed with or stage. 

We are the only charity specifically delivering practical and social support programmes tailored to the needs of young adults in their 20s and 30s, to give them a better chance of living well through and beyond cancer. All our programmes support young adults with any type and stage of cancer and work to improve their physical and psychological well-being, their quality of life and provide them with the tools they need to get moving again both through and beyond treatment. Our committee of Young Adult Ambassadors help Trekstock support hard to reach groups in the BAME and LGBTQI communities, and through their involvement and individual roles, help us raise awareness of late effects, male and secondary cancers. 

"During my cancer journey, especially in the beginning, I felt incredibly isolated. I was the youngest in my ward as well as the only minority, which was quite alarming – there had to be others, it was just a case of where. I want to help break the taboo around cancer within the BAME community and also raise awareness of the different types of cancer with Trekstock. Since discovering Trekstock I’ve made some amazing friends as well as getting the chance to add some great life experiences along the way."

Angel, 22, Hodgkins lymphoma 

We recognise that each young adult with cancer will experience it differently, that's why we offer a variety of support from: 

  • Tailored exercise support
  • Expert practical advice
  • An active online and offline community.

"I just wanted to say thank you to Trekstock for all you have done for me - you literally helped me turn my life around, from helping me get a new job to doing your RENEW exercise programme and climbing Kilimanjaro." Camilla, breast cancer, 26