Kate Young (aka Couch)

I am running to help Wessex Cancer Trust raise a massive £100,000 for a new Cancer Wellbeing Centre on the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight is my home and I have friends who have suffered with cancer - some are in remission, but others have sadly died.
The Wessex Cancer Trust hopes to be able to create a warm and welcoming new community hub for the 6,000 people living with cancer on the Island.
Plans for the new centre include the creation of three new treatment rooms, a quiet befriending area, a community area for groups to meet, as well as more flexible space to host new classes and activities.
I like to do good where I can, so when a friend of mine asked if I would run in aid of the Wessex Cancer Trust, I was happy to help.
I run for the sheer joy of doing so - and I run for those who cannot enjoy the simple freedoms running brings.

Wessex Cancer Trust believe that there should be help and support available to everyone living with cancer, when and where they need it.


Every year around 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer within the Wessex region. A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on an entire family.  Wessex Cancer Trust is committed to offering free support for as long as people need it.

At all of our cancer centre clients are welcomed by our volunteer befrienders who are equipped to provide information, support and a listening ear. Our team of specialist counsellors are there to help deal with the emotional impact of cancer and our complementary therapies aim to improve wellbeing, help with pain management and increase self-confidence.

 Wessex Cancer Trust also provide dedicated children's services, singing therapy groups, programmes to help people move on from cancer and a transport scheme which provides over 20,000 passenger journeys each year. 

 Each year Wessex Cancer Trust are able to reach over 8,000 people in the local community.

Kate Young (aka Couch)