Sue’s Blogging About… Hinton House Opening Summer 2017

The winter nights are setting in and it’s getting incredible cold… so I thought I’d do a post about when the weather was a lot warmer!

On Thursday 1st June 2017 YouCan’s incredible new holiday home was official opened!

Hinton House, located in the beautiful Westgate-on-Sea, is the perfect setting for a free holiday break. Opened to be used by young people impacted by cancer, their family and friends, Hinton House is a safe haven to have some time away from their day-to-day lives and the enormous stress and anxiety of living with cancer.  It is also going to be used for YouCan’s themed ‘Get Together’ weekends which we will be offering throughout the year.

The house is located a short walk from the beach, the train station, and more importantly, the chip shop!

The actual opening day was fantastic. I went down with a few members of Freddie’s Friends and we were joined by plenty of supporters – the house was full to the rafters as can be seen on the video below. The atmosphere was electric and it was amazing to see the now 4 bedroom house in all its glory.

The ambassadors for YouCan, Award-winning BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire and Radio DJ Dave Berry, joined many of the young people supported by YouCan and their families hoping to use the house, at the launch party. Also present were many people who donated their time, money and effort into making the house what it is.


Pictured: Dave Berry, Colin Thacker and Victoria Derbyshire

Colin Thacker, Founder and Trustee of YouCan said at the house launch, “Hinton House represents a significant step forward not just for the organisation itself but also in the provision of support and care for young people and their families, who have been impacted by cancer. This is a long overdue and very much needed facility that we expect to be occupied for the majority of the year by those who have been referred by their care professionals.

The fact remains that post-treatment support for younger people is vital to help them to return to a ’normal life’ – YouCan strives to achieve this through bespoke support programmes and the respite house, as well as offering support to those where treatment is no longer a viable option.  We make no charge for our services so donations are always welcomed however small or large, in order for us to be able to continue with our support work.

The Friends of Shelby Newstead raised an amazing amount of money which was put towards the restoration of Hinton House. Below is a video from their site, made by them and filmed on the opening day.



Inside Kent Magazine wrote about the opening here:

The house has been used by many families over the summer and autumn. I’ll be writing about those experiences later on in the blog so keep your eyes peeled.


Are you a young person who has been diagnosed with cancer, or are a family member or friend, who would like to book a stay in Hinton House totally free of charge? If you are then please email YouCan to register you interest at