and would support a cancer charity

‘If you asked me to go back to being 14 or 15, I couldn’t – it was a terrifying time. I was so awkward in my own skin. I used to hide behind my hair because I was so ridiculously self-conscious. It’s impossible to imagine how it would be to go through that period in your life – when everything is changing and you have these intense emotions – and also have to deal with something as terrible as cancer. The Teenage Cancer Trust does incredible work supporting and caring for teenagers and young adults with cancer, and it’s a cause that is really close to me and my family,’ she says, careful not to reveal too much about her personal links to the charity (it  is, she
says later, too sensitive for her to talk about).

Cancer for anyone is completely devastating, but to be a teenager when your whole life is changing is particularly terrible. I met an amazing girl, Georgia Ormrod –  a 13-year-old living with a brain tumour – through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Georgia was a fan of my music, and since becoming her “wish” I have kept in touch with her. Through Georgia and through events that have happened to my family and my friends I feel especially connected to the charity and want to help as much as I can.’

—  Florence Welch, 2010