Working in collaboration with the charity the 4Cancer Group, my doctoral research aims to understand how the charity’s respite trips facilitates the concept of wellbeing for those who engage with them. To offer an insight, the 4Cancer Group offers trips such as sailing, skiing, and family based holidays at Centre Parcs as a way of escaping the trauma of cancer. Whilst previous research in this area of cancer rehabilitation has focused on clinical environments, this specific context of active and natural respite remains largely unique and under-researched.
By using descriptive, phenomenological interviews, my doctoral research aims to surface the deep implications relating to active and natural based respite for those affected by cancer. It is significantly important to understand how or if this unique form of respite facilitates some form well-being for those affected by cancer. Moreover, the intended research methodology will cut through the taken for granted assumptions of the lived experience of cancer by directly interviewing those who have been affected by the condition either directly or indirectly, and have experienced the trips first hand.