“It’s much easier to talk to someone who has been ill and is your age.”
Phil’s dreams of a military career ended when he was diagnosed with leukaemia, just after his 18th birthday, in 2012. Being alone in the safe confines of his room helped him cope. The Trust got him back outdoors.
“I’d just joined the Army when my symptoms began and was medically discharged after seven weeks. My life was turned completely upside down.
“I was on intensive chemo for eight months, spending up to two months at a time in hospital. You hardly speak to anyone and no one your own age. Things you experience are so bad, but you can’t speak to anyone else about it.
“It’s hard to put into words what my Largs trip did for me. It’s much easier to talk to someone who has been ill and is your age.
“Knowing you have made friends through the Trust who will be there 24/7 if you need them, because they know you will be there for them if they need you too, is so important.
The Trust played a big part in me being where I am now.”