‘Wahay!!! We are a charity!!!!!! Go girl.’ One year ago, today I received this message from our chair of Trustees, she and the rest of the board had received the email from the charity commission confirming that Mind Over Cancer was registered with the charity commission, registration number 1192034. After 6 months of hard work, zooms, email, phone calls, research, paperwork and planning, this much needed charity was alive and could now start doing some brilliant and much needed work. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions over the last 12 months. Every day I have learnt something about managing and running a charity. Each day I’ve had to embrace the many roles it takes to deliver on being a trusted and well-run organisation. From being the Head of services, to the Head of Comms, Digital & marketing, embracing all areas of Fundraising, safeguarding our work and the people we offer support to and the joy of Finance…each day I must block out the fact I got an E in my maths GCSE, imposter syndrome has been at it’s best this year. I have met some incredible charity’s that are doing fantastic work, many of them greeting me with a smile and open arms, wanting to work together. This makes me so proud, as it was a priority for Mind Over Cancer to be a friend and supporter to the brilliant charities already doing important work, allowing us to complement each other, signpost when relevant and between us all fill in the gaps of support that are missing for so many individuals living with a childhood or young adult cancer diagnosis. The amazing Teenage and Young Adult NHS team at Addenbrookes hospital have been our cheerleaders from the very beginning by supporting us to become a registered charity and they haven’t left our side for one minute. Their enthusiasm to want to work with us I can’t begin to put into words, but I will be forever grateful for their support and trust in both the charity and me as an individual. Our volunteers, wow, what can I say? Mind Over Cancer has been ran with the support of volunteers from the beginning and that remains the same today. Friends who have stepped forward and sprinkled their fairy dust around the community and strangers who came to us offering their support we now call friends and share many conversations, plans, tears, and laughter. Thank you each and everyone of you, we can’t do this without you. Most importantly I have had the privilege to meet some amazing young people and their families. I’ve been able to create a safe place for them to talk about and share their thoughts and feelings. For many, these have been some of the hardest conversations for them to have but I admire each and everyone of them for reaching out and asking for help. We have some big plans, but as my lovely board of trustees constantly remind me, ‘baby steps Susie, let’s get this right’. I’m excited for the future because I know what we’re doing is the right thing and is desperately needed for young people across the UK. Thank you to every person who donated to us, thank you to every person who has liked and shared us on social media and thank you to everyone that continues to talk about us, we can’t do this without you. We are a small charity with a big heart, and we will always be here for people when they’re ready to talk. Cancer and mental health don’t come with a guidebook, so we’ll be here to help when people need us. HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY MIND OVER CANCER!