The Lyric Club is proud of its role in supporting charitable organisations, mainly through our association with The Teenage Cancer Trust.
Teenage Cancer Trust grew out of the dedication and passion of a group of women who discovered the plight of teenagers with cancer by chance.
Whilst fundraising for a children’s intensive care heart unit at Guy’s Hospital, London, they met a mother whose son developed cancer at 13. He was treated at times in a childrens ward or alongside old people – making the experience far worse for him. The women met the young man’s consultant who explained that not only did young people have to face the trauma of cancer, its treatment, and isolation from their peers at a very sensitive stage of life, but that they also tended to get rare cancers.
The women went on to raise funds to build the very first Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Middlesex Hospital in London in 1990.
We know how damaging it is to take a young person away from their normal life – their friends, their environment, and put them in a cancer ward with small children or older people.
We know that young people have a much better chance of survival if they are treated by teenage cancers experts, in an environment tailored to their needs. So we’re working every day to make that happen.
We don’t believe that teenagers should have to stop being teenagers, just because they have cancer. So we build specialist units in NHS hospitals which improve the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer.
Family Support Networks
Teenage Cancer Trust’s Family Support Networks have been developed to provide support, in an informal setting to young people and their families, siblings and partners during and after the young person’s cancer treatment The networks focus on the needs of the whole family – if loved ones are supported the young person in turn will be supported. Staff running the services have specialist knowledge and skills, they understand the psychosocial needs of teenagers, young adults and their families who have experienced cancer.
Young people, their families, friends/peers, partners and siblings are given the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences and anxieties. They can form relationships and socialise with people who have faced similar issues.
We hope to have a Teenage Cancer Trust Family Support Network available in all areas of the country soon.
Why we need your support
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who have cancer.
We rely completely on donations to fund our vital work. Nothing we do would be possible without the generosity and support of people like you.
Every day six young people are diagnosed with cancer and we want to make sure they all have access to the specialist care and support we provide, no matter where they live. We know we can make this happen with your help.
Further information can be obtained and donations made at: