Shine started in Dorset in 2008 as a non-traditional support group for young adults. Founders Emma and Justine were both diagnosed with cancer at a young age and had a hard time finding others that could relate to the issues they were facing. Once they started talking, they realised there was a huge lack of support for younger adults with cancer and the idea for Shine was born
In 2010, Emma met Ceinwen who started Shine's London local network. Together they've grown Shine into the organisation it is today, and developed a number of Shine’s activities such as the Great Escape. Shine now has local networks across the UK and is supported by a Board of Trustees as well as a patron.