September 22, 2023
By Hampshire FA Foundation

Will you join us in walking or running or rowing or swimming (whatever you like!) 80 miles in the month of September and be sponsored to raise funds for Young Lives vs Cancer


Young cancer patients face an 80 mile round trip, on average, to get treatment. This isn’t by choice. Many young cancer patients have to travel to specialist cancer centres to get the care they need, they can’t always just go to their local hospital. Southampton Hospital has a large catchment area for young cancer patients including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight. 

Not only is this physically and emotionally exhausting, it comes with a huge financial cost too. It costs £250 a month when treatment is at its most intense. As treatment can go on for years, young people and families are often plunged into debt. This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re asking our supporters to walk 80 miles in September and raise money for young people with cancer. Sign up to Challenge 80 today.


When a child is diagnosed with cancer it threatens everything, for them and their family. At a time when they should be busy being children, enjoying their rollercoaster teenage years or finding their feet at uni, life becomes full of fear. Fear of treatment, but also of families being torn apart, of overwhelming money worries, mental health stretched to breaking point, of having nowhere to turn, no one to talk to.

At Young Lives vs Cancer, we get that. We are the charity that helps children and young people (0-25) and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. We know everyone’s different, so we work hard to make sure each family has what they need to get through cancer. It could be a financial grant for a parent struggling to keep their child warm through their treatment or for a young person who can’t afford to get to hospital. Or helping a family stay together at one of our free Homes from Home close to the hospital where their child is having treatment. And if we think families aren’t being heard by the whole system, we’re not afraid to raise their voices or shout on their behalf. Children and young people with cancer deserve the same opportunities as anyone else. We’ll always have their back, because we’ve been there before. Powered by the kindness of our supporters, we’ll face it all together.

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