This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Morrisons and CLIC Sargent are helping young people with cancer cope with the costs of cancer. As part of our partnership, we have given more than 3,000 families financial grants, meaning parents have one less thing to worry about. You can help us reach more families by buying a gold ribbon in store for a suggested donation of £1.
Just some of the ways CLIC Sargent helps children, young people and their families - in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and beyond…
A home from home
Specialist cancer care happens at selected centres across the UK. But if families live far away, they face long journeys for treatment and the potential for families to be torn apart for weeks on end. CLIC Sargent has 10 Home from Homes just a slipper walk from treatment centres, where families can stay for free while their child has treatment. They have space to wash their child’s favourite pyjamas, a kitchen to cook meals at all hours and space to relax away from the chaos of hospital. Morrisons funding has meant these facilities have now been opened up to families not needing overnight stays, so parents and young people can do basic things like laundry, make a hot meal, or just use reliable wifi.
Cancer leaves families emotionally broken. Parents and young people often struggle to navigate the complex world of medical terms and treatment schedules. They may find themselves feeling anxious and depressed, or they may need support communicating with school, work or even other family members. CLIC Sargent have social care teams across the UK who work tirelessly to limit the damage cancer causes.
Help with the costs of cancer
Cancer costs from day one. Immediately after diagnosis, families face mounting costs. This includes travel costs to appointments, hospital meals, parking –even clothes because of body changes during treatment. Cancer costs more than many families can afford. But CLIC Sargent offers grants so families have one less thing to worry about.
Care closer to home
CLIC Sargent wants families to get treatment as close to home as possible, where possible. They have a team of affiliated nurses who give routine treatment at community hospitals or even if a patient’s own home. What’s more, Morrisons has enabled CLIC Sargent to set up the UK’s first team of Outreach Nurse Educators. They are training medical teams in non-specialist hospitals the best way to care for children and young people with cancer, so confident cancer care can happen closer to home.