Wherever you are this Christmas, we are with you every step of the journey.

Christmas is a time for joy, celebration and being at home with loved ones, however, not every family will be able to do it this year. Right now, families may be preparing for time away from home comforts and only enjoying moments of celebration when they can. Christmas is always extra special for children but the impact of their cancer journey may mean they’re not able to fully experience the joy of the festive season. By taking part in our Christmas charity fundraising ideas, you can help support more children and their families at every step of their cancer journey this Christmas.

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This Christmas Children with Cancer UK are supporting families during every step of their journey.

Isabellah was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2021 when she was three years old. Isabellah had a complete response to treatment and is thankfully now in remission. Isabellah and her family spent a lot of time away from home when she was receiving treatment during the Christmas period including spending Boxing Day in hospital.

Read Isabellah’s story

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How you could fundraise for charity this Christmas

Our Christmas campaign with The Sun on Sunday and The Entertainer

Following a national competition for children to create festive pictures there were hundreds of entries. There were three age categories and the winning designs have now been turned into limited-edition Christmas cards.

Supporters can purchase these special cards from The Entertainer and proceeds from sales will go towards buying presents for young cancer patients staying in hospitals.

Pick up your cards online or in one of The Entertainer stores.

Buy cards today

12 days of Christmas charity fundraising ideas

  1. Sign-up your school or youth group to our Pyjamarama campaign and get cosy this December.

  2. Inspired by our Christmas Video? Decorate your house with fantastic lights and ask the local community for donations to walk around and enjoy the sparkling sights.

  3. If your company is kindly paying for you to attend a wonderful Christmas party, why not donate the cost of this with your colleagues to Children with Cancer UK.

  4. In lieu of sending Christmas Cards, let your friends and neighbours know you’ll be donating to Children with Cancer UK to support families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis.

  5. Create a 12-day tournament with friends through our Game Changers challenge and enjoy playing online whilst helping others this Christmas.

  6. Host a Christmas themed quiz, and charge a small fee to take part. Better yet, contact a local comedian to host it for you. Get in touch for more information on how this can be done.

  7. Get together and sing your heart out to some great classic Christmas songs with a Christmas Karaoke challenge. Bonus points to anyone who cracks out some Christmassy dance moves.

  8. Encourage friends, family and colleagues to donate their pay for the last hour before they break up for the Christmas holidays.

  9. Run, cycle or walk 10 km. Complete this physical challenge to highlight the devastating fact that 10 children and young people will continue to be diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.

  10. Host your very own Christmas Raffle. It’s always a great idea to get in touch with local businesses to secure exciting prizes for your raffle. Alternatively, if you are thinking of holding a Christmas raffle at work and can get it signed off, one of your prizes could be an extra day of annual leave. Get in touch with our fundraising team for more support on your raffle idea.

  11. Get sponsored to brave the crisp winter weather for a festive outdoor swim by taking on the Winter Dip challenge. Top tip: Do some research into organised Christmas Day dips in your local area online.

  12. Everyone’s favourite: Secret Santa. Why not set a £12 limit, with a £2 donation to Children with Cancer UK.



Christmas in previous years

Each year, we raise awareness of Christmas in the form of events and stories. Here are a few of our previous milestones.

2022 Christmas

Our CEO Jo Elvin's festive thank you message

Our CEO Jo Elvin shares her festive thank you message to everyone who has supported Children with Cancer UK this year – our staff, supporters and researchers who have all been working towards the common goal to see a world where every child survives their cancer diagnosis.

We couldn’t do what we do without your amazing support.

Jane and Josh's festive thank you message

Josh and his mum, Jane, shared a special festive thank you to everyone who has helped bring hope to Josh and others like him. Josh was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma when he was just three. Now five years in remission, he’s got a bright future ahead of him – and that’s thanks to your support and the incredible work being done by researchers to help improve outcomes for children and young people with a cancer diagnosis.

Ellie's festive thank you message

Ellie was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma when she was 14. Five years in remission, she’s even more thankful to be able to enjoy Christmas at home. Now training to become a doctor, Ellie shared a special #FestiveThankYou to all those who make Christmas easier for children going through cancer treatment.

Our ambassador, Dr Mo Abbas Khaki

In his work Dr Mo Abbas Khaki, he’s seen first hand the impact research can have, helping doctors and nurses better diagnose and treat patients. Without the researchers who tirelessly search for ways to better diagnose and treat childhood cancers, we wouldn’t be able to reach our goal of a world where every child survives cancer.

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