Sue Trevethan was diagnosed with cancer. She set out to find if there were any services available for her three children - who were 13, 16 and 19 at the time. She soon found that no such service existed.
Sue decided something had to be done to help the thousands of young people every year who experience the trauma and uncertainty of a family health crisis. The first ever Y-Team (Youth Management Team) was established.
A small team of volunteers raised the funds needed for Hope to gain charity status. Hope started providing free training for professionals working 'frontline' with young people, giving important insight into a family health crisis and how to refer to Hope.
The Y-Team organised, funded and delivered its first major events: a Youth Conference, bringing local youth organisations together to celebrate all Hope had achieved so far, and the first Jump for Hope skydive.
Hope’s Herefordshire Y-Team won a Diana Award, which recognises young people who inspire the lives of others.
Members of our Y-Team received Young Good Citizen Awards for their outstanding contributions to the community.
Some of Hope’s young people worked with ‘The Voice’ contestant Vince Freeman to record and release their song, ‘We Are Hope’. Radio stations played it and interviewed the Hope Y-Team.
After a successful pilot, Children in Need supported Hope to launch their national digital service. The charity also won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest possible award for voluntary groups in the UK.
Hope received a Weston Charity Award, given for outstanding work for youth, welfare and community, and a Macmillan Excellence Award for Service Improvement, which celebrates services that greatly improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
Sian Williams helped Hope to appear on the BBC through a Lifeline Appeal, showcasing the importance of the charity’s support and the difference it makes. Hope also started their project with St Michael’s Hospice in Herefordshire, offering pre- and post-bereavement support to young people aged 5-16 whose families were involved with the Hospice.
Hope collaborated with the OU to produce a report detailing the need for more support for children and young people when faced with a family health crisis. It was launched at the Houses of Parliament.
Members of the Y-team were invited to have a stand at His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales's visit to Ross on Wye and were able to talk to him about the support the charity offers. Hope also opened a new children’s service in Herefordshire, expanding the service to from 11-25 to 5-25 year olds.
Hope celebrated 10 years as a registered charity, having supported over 650 young people at the start of the year and showcasing it with an amazing evening at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford.