September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM), a period dedicated to campaigning for causes that support young people living with cancer and their families.
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.