His Legacy was set up in 2016 to honour the all-too-short life of Zac Forskitt. In 2015 at just 20 years old Zac was diagnosed with 2 types of Cancer, he lost his fight 7 months later. In November of last year the Charity Commission granted BacZac His Legacy charity status, acknowledging the need for support amongst young people aged 17-24 with cancer.
Zac’s time in hospital highlighted that this age group’s needs are distinct to others. No longer a child, but not yet a fully-fledged adult, this group merit tailored, age appropriate support to meet their financial, material and emotional needs. BacZac His Legacy aims to improve the life conditions of young adults with cancer through the discrete gifting of small grants and high street cards. These are currently gifted at City Hospital Nottingham, Leicester Royal Infirmary and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. In time it is hoped to widen this network to include other hospitals.
Away from home, family and friends, often for long periods at a time, grants and gift cards enable young adults to:
• purchase items which provide a sense of normality, familiarity and reassurance at a very different and frightening time
• access a young adult’s ‘world’, offering age appropriate choice
• fund essentials, such as clothes and meals (young adults undergoing treatment as an outpatient are not provided hospital meals)
• source a treat, to help pass the time and distract from treatment
BacZac His Legacy wholeheartedly believes in the psychological benefit of the ‘unexpected’ gift. Such gifts boosted Zac’s spirits, helped him retain a positive outlook and reminded him that others cared. This in turn lifted family and friends around Zac.
In addition to gifting cards and grants, BacZac His Legacy has a long-term aim to provide respite holidays for young adults and their families through owning its own lodge.
Over £100,000 has been raised since we became a registered charity! BacZac. His Legacy has quite simply been overwhelmed by the amazing support it has received.
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