So I’m back with entry number 2. It’s been another busy week at YouCan. As this is such a new charity there’s a million things to do. Okay, slight exaggeration, but you get the idea. We’ve met some amazing people who want to get involved – the most wonderful people who have skills ranging from nutritionists to yoga teachers, sports coaches to people who grow organic vegetables. Most of these have had real experiences with cancer and have found new and positive ways to deal with the effects that the disease has had on their lives. They want to share their thoughts with us and with young people in the hope that others might experience the same positive changes to their lives and their wellbeing. Some of them will be contributing to this blog by sharing their stories, their advice and even the odd rather delicious recipe – you’ll find these on the nutrition page of this blog once we’ve tried them out! Such a tough job sometimes 🙂
A big part of what we do is, of course, getting people to support the work we do by fundraising for us and helping us raise awareness. It’s always exciting to meet people who tell us that they love what we do and want to be involved. This week we were delighted to be able to announce that the De Veres Devonport House Hotel in Greenwich have adopted YouCan as their local Charity of the Year for 2016. We all went off to the hotel to meet managers and staff, have our photos taken for the local press (check out our fabulous t-shirts) and tell everyone what we’ll be up to over the coming months. As well as some staff fundraising and organising events the hotel will host a workshop for some young people, which will work brilliantly for the young people that we are working with up in south London.
On a slightly serious note, you may well have seen things in the press recently that don’t always paint charities in the best light. It’s a shame when the actions of the very few affect the vast majority who are trying their very best to make a difference to difficult lives and situations. Can I just assure you that here at YouCan we can promise you that we take our responsibility to both our supporters and service users very seriously – we have just been on a course to make sure we’re fully up to date with new fundraising regulations and will continue to ensure we comply with all charity legislation. We really do want to do the best we can for everyone involved with YouCan!
So onwards we go. Let’s see what the next week brings.