Since 2007, we have donated nearly £2 million to help CLIC Sargent provide support for children with cancer and their families.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it is a frightening experience for the whole family. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. This can place a considerable financial burden on a family.
We work with CLIC Sargent to help provide better care for children and young people with cancer and their families.
In 2012 we continued our partnership with CLIC Sargent, granting £200,000 to provide financial assistance to families whose children are being treated for cancer, through ‘Paul’s Fund’.
Since then we have increased our support to cover the entire CLIC Sargent Exceptional Grants programme with a gift of over £300,000 donated in both 2016 and 2017.
Exceptional grants are a vital lifeline for families and young people who are struggling to make ends meet as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Parents may have to reduce their working hours or leave their job entirely, whilst things such as travel and food costs continue to grow.
As such, grants of £250 - or in some instances £500 - are gifted to families to alleviate everyday financial burdens.
Jack (pictured above) was diagnosed with leukaemia a few weeks before his third birthday. He started his chemotherapy immediately and was in hospital for five weeks having treatment. His mum, Gayle, says: “It was costing me about £40 a day in food and other costs while he was on the ward, so receiving a financial grant from CLIC Sargent just after Jack was diagnosed was a real lifeline.”
Kate Lee, Chief Executive at CLIC Sargent, says:
“At a time when a family is trying to come to terms with hearing their child has cancer, the last thing they need is the stress and anxiety about the financial consequences of caring for their child. But the financial impact is experienced almost immediately. We award grants to help families and young people deal with the debilitating financial consequences of cancer and it is because of the continued generosity of Children with Cancer UK that we can continue to help thousands of young cancer patients and their families to cope with the upheavals a cancer diagnosis brings.”
Paul’s House - named in memory of Paul O’Gorman - provides free accommodation for families whose children are having cancer treatment in local hospitals.
The 'Home from Home' helps to keep families together, offering the whole family a place to stay for as long as necessary. Not only is this an enormous help financially, saving families the cost of hotel accommodation, but it gives parents somewhere to retreat, away from the pressures of the hospital ward.
Paul's House, Belfast
In February 2013, we donated £375,000 to CLIC Sargent to help launch Paul’s House, a new ‘Home from Home’ in Belfast.
Paul’s House, Belfast was opened in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to families in January 2014.
Read more: Paul's House, Belfast
Paul's House, London
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our supporters, we contributed £600,000 in 2007 towards the costs of a Home from Home for the families of children being treated at University College London Hospital.
Paul’s House opened in September 2010.
Read more: Paul's House, London
A Home from Home in Edinburgh
Thanks to our support, CLIC Sargent is relocating its new Home from Home in Edinburgh – it will be opening its doors to families in spring 2018.
In line with a major new development by NHS Lothian to build The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the current Home from Home, CLIC Villa, will be relocating, to ensure that the Home remains in convenient, close reach of the hospital.
The Home from Home will continue to provide a sanctuary for children, young people and families, helping them to cope with all the upheavals a cancer diagnosis can bring.
In honour of Jean O’Gorman, Jean’s House will open in the autumn of 2018.
This is another vital relocation project to ensure that children, young people and families can get the respite, care and stress-free accommodation they need during their cancer treatment at Southampton General Hospital.
CLIC Haven, the current Home from Home in Southampton, opened in 1991 and will come to the end of its lease in September 2018. In 2015/16 there were 116 family stays in the home which show how crucial CLIC Sargent’s provision is.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help children with cancer and their families cope with cancer and get the most out of life. They aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.