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’.
Jack 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.”
Lorraine Clifton, Chief Executive at CLIC Sargent, says: “Our CLIC Sargent Care Grants provide both immediate and long-term support to all families in need, as and when they need it. It is because of the continued generosity of Children with Cancer UK and their supporters that we have been able to serve so many families through our grants service. Thank you.”
Paul’s House – named after 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.
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.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our supporters, we were able to contribute £1.1 million towards the costs of a Clic Sargent Home from Home for the families of children being treated at University College London Hospital.
Paul’s House, named after Paul O’Gorman, opened in September 2010.
More than 200 children and teenagers with cancer are treated at UCLH every year. Only one third are from the London area, with the remainder travelling from all over the south east of England.
Children can be admitted to hospital for months at a time. Parents naturally want to remain close at hand but hospital accommodation is very basic, with no facilities for families. This causes immense pressure on families, who can end up being separated for long periods.
With 15 spacious family rooms and located just a few minutes walk from UCLH, it offers 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 also benefits children travelling to UCLH for day-care procedures. They can now stay with a parent at Paul’s House rather than being admitted to the ward.
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.