Odyssey Adventure Holidays
Enhancing the quality of life for people with cancer
Odyssey is a unique organisation which enhances the quality of life for people with cancer through programmes of adventure based mainly in the outdoors. Using the stimulation of uncertainty and surprise Odyssey takes participants on a five day journey aimed at combating the psychological and emotional devastation caused by their illness. By supporting people to overcome appropriate challenges, (some of them physical, others creative or artistic) Odyssey helps people rebuild their confidence and regain their zest for life.
Odyssey courses are for people living with or having had a recent experience of cancer, and who need a helping hand to get on with life again. Places are free and available to anyone over 18. There is no upper age limit, the oldest we have had so far is 84!
Patients are referred onto our courses through health professionals working in the NHS, private hospitals, hospices and GP clinics. Regular training events ensure that referrers have the chance to experience Odyssey for themselves and that courses continue to fulfil patients needs. Odyssey has consistently tried to run a minimum of 3 courses a year in Kent, and since 2005, when funding has permitted, to run courses in Wales, the West Midlands and Scotland. Our long term aim is to widen Odyssey’s cover geographically so courses are available to people from all over Britain.
We are thrilled to see so much enthusiasm for the courses we organise, but in order to continue offering the opportunity to others we need to fundraise. The more we raise, the more places we can offer. If you would like to help, or further information contact Hugo on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a donation, either with a single one off payment or via a regular direct debit please see our website www.odyssey.org.uk/donate.
As a small charity, small donations have a huge impact. Please help us if you can.