Award for charity which changes lives of young people recovering from their cancer treatment

Thursday, 14th April — By Hayleigh Evans

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Trekstock making a promotional film in Highbury Fields

BY HAYLEIGH EVANS

A CHARITY which provides vital support for young adults affected by cancer has received a national health award.

Trekstock, which is based in Highbury, was recognised for its work with adults in their 20s and 30s recovering from cancer and was granted £40,000.

It was one of ten winners in the 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards, funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

Jemima Reynolds, Trekstock’s head of programmes and engagement, said: “That amount of money means so much to us. We can help people at a time in their life that they need it most.”

She added: “There’s a huge gap in services for young adults who are post-treatment or living with incurable yet treatable cancer, and it’s not offered in the NHS.”

Ellen Bisci was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was nine

The award will help fund Trekstock programmes that are geared toward topics relevant to young adults recovering from cancer, including healthy eating and nutrition, early menopause due to their diagnoses and treatment, sex and relationships and keeping active.

Ellen Bisci is an ambassador for Trekstock, having been diagnosed with leukemia when she was nine years old and relapsed at 12.

She has lived with the long-term effects of her diagnosis, experiencing a stroke as a child and some 13 brain surgeries since.

An eight-week exercise course run by Trekstock helped her become active after treatment.

“I was able to exercise and incorporate it into my daily life,” she said. “It really changed my life.”

Trekstock’s community events and discussions have also provided a support system for Ms Bisci in her personal life.

She said: “Before Trekstock, I didn’t really have any friends that understood.

“You can discuss things openly here, things that you can’t even with your own family.

“It’s so vital to have other people that are a similar age as you.”

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