With nearly 4,000 UK charities and organisations nominated, Shine were one of the lucky winners after a competition which involved firstly online votes being gained before being judged by an independent panel. Against some very strong competition, the panel of judges actually scoring the NC Insurance entry of Shine Cancer Support highest.
Ceinwen Giles is a trustee of Shine Cancer Support and she had this to say:
“Shine is a community-based charity that is committed to supporting younger adults with cancer. Shine Camp gives younger adults with cancer the time and space to meet and support each other while having fun. Shine Camp also enables the family and friends of young adults with cancer (for whom there is very little help available) to support one another in a non-clinical environment. Winning this money from the Aviva Community Fund will make such a difference so our thanks go out to everyone who voted and to NC Insurance for making us their charity of the year and for nominating us.”
Jade Little, who is a Commercial Account Handler at Gateshead based NC Insurance, said this about the nominated and news of the win:
“I am a supporter of Shine because when my Auntie Jaq was poorly they provided support and friendship that no one else could offer. Having cancer is a lonely place at any age, but when you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, you’re working, having families and shaping your life. When a diagnosis is given it literally puts your life on hold. The Shine network not only helped my auntie but also helped her friends, family and colleagues during her illness and after her passing in March 2015, aged only 39. Being part of Shine reassures people that they are not alone and that there are others in the same boat.
They provide practical advice that would not be given from healthcare professionals. When my Auntie went to Shine Camp, she came back energised and with a positive mindset. She not only received support but was able to support peers in a similar situation. This organisation is not about doom and gloom - it's about making a person with a diagnosis (not just a cancer patient) feel valued, worthwhile and gives them the confidence to have normal fun. Thank you so much for everyone who firstly voted, to the judges for selecting Shine and to Aviva for running the Community Fund. Finally, I hope everyone at Shine Camp 2015 has a fantastic time”