X Factor Finalist, Jake Sims has been appointed as an Ambassador for teenage cancer charity; Teens Unite.
The 21 year old singer from Bristol rose to fame as a member of the eight-piece band, Stereo Kicks in series 11 of the hit TV show in 2014. He is now pursuing a career as a solo artist, with the imminent release of his first EP ‘A Long Time Coming’, which adopts a hip-hop and rap influence.
Jake is not only taking a new direction in terms of his career; he has also focused his attention to becoming an Ambassador for Teens Unite; the only UK charity to provide ongoing support to 13-24 year olds fighting cancer from across the UK.
Over 2,500 teenagers this year will hear the words ‘You have cancer’ and Teens Unite provides support from diagnosis through to post-remission; helping them to overcome the emotional, social and physical effects the illness can instil.
Co-Founded by renowned designer Karen Millen OBE in 2007, Teens Unite organises activities and workshops that bring young people fighting cancer together to benefit from peer to peer interaction, build new friendships, restore their confidence and self-esteem and prevent feelings of isolation.
Jake first became familiar with the charity when he attended Teens Unite’s annual gala fundraising event, ‘An Opulent Tale’ in November 2015. Having heard speeches from some of the young people supported by Teens Unite and their parents, he was eager to become involved in the charity.
In December 2015, Jake attended Teens Unite’s Christmas party, which saw over 80 of the young people Teens Unite supports come together for an afternoon of bowling and karaoke.
Speaking of his appointment as an Ambassador, Jake has said: “I’m honoured to be a part of such a worthwhile charity that is truly making a difference to the lives of young people. I fall within the age range of those that Teens Unite supports and it has really hit home that cancer can effect anyone; no matter how young or old you are.
I’ve spent time with these young people and I’ve walked away feeling inspired by their hope, positivity and fun-loving attitude despite fighting such an illness. Without Teens Unite, this may be a completely different story.”
As an Ambassador, Jake Sims will be promoting the charity to grow its network of supporters, raise awareness and ultimately help the charity to reach out to more young people in need of Teens Unite’s support.
Debbie Pezzani, CEO and Founder, Teens Unite has said: “We’re pleased to welcome Jake into the Teens Unite family. He has spent time at our events and you can see how passionate he is about helping us to make a difference to the lives of the young people we support. We look forward to working with Jake and I’m sure together we can achieve great things.”
Jake will be launching his first solo EP ‘A Long Time Coming’ at on 15th February at Islington Assembly Hall. For further details, visit HERE
Take a look at Jake’s latest video where he speaks of his excitement about becoming a Teens Unite Ambassador.