Fight Club: Leave a legacy of hope with your Will

A gift in your Will is more than a donation, it’s a legacy of giving young cancer patients hope. It’s a future they can believe in again, full of opportunities to thrive.

Young cancer patient Crystal dining outdoors


Heartbreakingly, Crystal believed cancer had destroyed her dream career when she was diagnosed with bone cancer just after her 18th birthday. But a Young Lives vs Cancer grant changed everything.

“Before cancer I was energetic, confident and dreamed of becoming an actress. I thought cancer had put an end to that. For two years I hid in my room, ashamed of what cancer had done to me. I felt caged. But then my Young Lives vs Cancer Social Worker, Sam, helped me apply for a grant from the charity.

“When I got the grant, it was like life was finally being kind to me again. I could look forward to something outside of the hospital. It meant I could go to the best drama school and work with people who can help me reach my dream.

Crystal with her award
Crystal with her award


“I’m now heading into my final year and I feel like I’ve achieved so much so far. In the last year I won the Black Award for Best Young Entrepreneur Under 25 for my work in facial equality in the arts. I’ve co-written a poem on Black beauty in my university’s Black History Month showcase and lead a facial equality talk, bringing other actors who have facially differences, like me, into a school-wide Q&A.

“This past year I’ve focused on myself as an artist and how I can be of better service to the world. My whole outlook on life has changed. I feel like nothing can stop me.”


Young cancer patient Crystal on stage
Crystal on stage

Leave a legacy of hope with your Will…

Leaving a gift in your Will makes grants like this possible. If you’d like to chat to someone about leaving a charity gift for young cancer patients in your Will, just call 0300 330 0803 or email

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