About Dragonfly Cancer Trust

We work with specialist cancer treatment centres, hospitals, hospices and families across the UK providing support for young cancer patients under the age of 25 with a palliative diagnosis.

Our focus is on memory making, helping young patients to make each moment matter with their loved ones. 

We do this by providing Cash Gifts, keepsakes and creative therapy.

Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers are continuously inspired by the young people we support. 

Cam, a young patient sitting in the garden with his grandmother

We support young palliative cancer patients under the age of 25

Our Journey

We’ve come a long way. From being founded as a small, family-led organisation we’ve transformed into a national charity, working with every major children's cancer unit and impacting the lives of hundreds of young people around the country every year. Find out more about how, in less than 15 years, we’ve gone from a local wonder to a real national force for change.

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Our Impact

We offer a unique service. We are one of the only charities of our type in the UK. While there are several children’s cancer charities and palliative care organisations across the country, Dragonfly Cancer Trust is distinct in its focus on emotional support and memory making, seeking to care for families as a whole as well as individual beneficiaries.  

Our Challenge

The challenge is growing. While cancer is very rare in children and young people, there are around 3,755 patients under the age of 25 who are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK. That’s 1,645 in children (aged 0-14 years) and 2,110 in teenagers and young adults (aged 15-24 years). Around 250 children will die from cancer this year. That’s more than 4 children a week.

Do you know a child or young person with a palliative diagnosis who you think would benefit from our support?