Pictured left to right are: Dr Dave Hobin and Ashley Gamble

A leading cancer group dedicated to improving the lives of young people with cancer is inviting donations towards its vital research for the first time.

Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC) is the UK’s only membership body for health and social care professionals treating and supporting young people with cancer.

The national organisation, which is based in the Clinical Sciences Building at the University of Leicester, is jointly funded by Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent, as well as membership subscriptions. Now, for the first time, people will be able to donate money to support TYAC’s work.

As well as donations, people can set up their own Special Named Fund in memory of a loved one lost to cancer, or in recognition of successful treatment. These funds are an alternative to starting a new charity, allowing people to focus on fundraising without the potential burden and costs of setting up and running a charity.

Dr Dave Hobin, TYAC Chair and Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “We recognise that research is vital to improve our understanding of the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer so I am delighted that we are now in a position to receive money raised by the public. This will allow us to continue to improve the resources we are able to provide to our members, ensuring the best possible care and opportunities for young people with cancer.”

Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), TYAC’s partner organisation, which merged with the organisation last year, has spent £2million on research in the last two years and hopes the new fundraising capability will lead to a similar funding boost for TYAC.

Ashley Gamble, Executive Director at CCLG, said: “One of the most exciting opportunities to come from our recent merger with TYAC was the opportunity to work together to develop a detailed research strategy. Having the capacity to accept donations from the public will make a huge difference to TYAC’s research and we hope as many people as possible get involved with raising money for such an important cause.”

A new website, designed by Nottingham-based digital agency Senior, has been launched with several fundraising options, including regular or one-off donations. Senior, which has worked with CCLG for three years and raised £500 for the charity by holding bake offs and Christmas jumper days, has included an interactive quiz to help people decide what type of fundraising event is best for them with a variety of ideas and a downloadable fundraising pack.

TYAC is now developing a research strategy outlining how it will fund and support research into cancers affecting teenagers and young people. To find out more, visit the new website here: www.tyac.org.uk.