Richard will be travelling across Devon and Cornwall visiting teenagers and young people aged 16 to 24 in hospital and at home providing emotional, practical and financial support through their cancer journeys.
Approximately 1,700 children aged up to 15 years and 2,300 young people aged 16 to 24 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK.
Richard said: “This role is a very exciting opportunity for me, a chance to work directly with young people to provide support."
This is an opportunity to get back to the face to face work and make a tangible difference every day.
The new role has been introduced following a research report published by the charity which identified gaps in support for young people with cancer, who are often placed on adult cancer wards without peers to support and share their experiences with.
Richard said: “My role is to work with the existing teams to provide tailored support specifically for young people, whose needs are different to children or to adults.
"Much of my time is spent providing emotional support to young people as well as their families. I will help families' access grants from CLIC Sargent and other organisations, signpost to various resources and offer a listening ear when they need it.
Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell, CLIC Sargent Area Fundraising Manager, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to fund a new role in Devon and Cornwall.
"We are so very grateful to the public for the ongoing support and generosity which has enabled us to fund this new post and develop our support for young people with cancer nationwide.”
Find out more
To find out how you can raise funds to help support children and young people with cancer, please Stephanie Cherrington-Rimmell on 01392 314 673 or email: email@example.com.