To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised £4.8 Million for CLIC Sargent, helping the charity be there to fight for young lives affected by cancer.
CLIC Sargent teams use their professional expertise to help families navigate the complex world of cancer. They provide:
- emotional support, information, and guidance so families feel less overwhelmed,
- clinical care to help families deal with cancer treatment at hospital and at home, and
- specialist play to ease children through treatment.
CLIC Sargent does all of this to ensure that young patients and their families will always have someone to turn to when the doctor says it's cancer.
In the last year, CLIC Sargent has supported 7,076 families through their social care and nursing professionals, giving out 5,489 financial grants, worth more than £1 Million, in order to help with the immediate costs of a cancer diagnosis.
Keen cross-country runner Adam Wright's family were not expecting a cancer diagnosis when he started suffering from stomach pains and night sweats. His mother Julia was devastated when they were given the news.
"When we heard the word 'cancer' we thought the worst, especially as I'd lost my mum to the dreadful disease. Adam was so critically ill at this stage that I couldn't imagine him recovering."
Adam was launched into intensive chemotherapy treatment. His family were able to stay at Paul's House, CLIC Sargent's London 'Home from Home', just a short walk from University College Hospital.
"It was a huge relief to our family. The simple things that we had taken for granted were appreciated: the house was carpeted, it had curtains, privacy and smells of home – we didn't have that on the ward. Thanks to Paul's House we could be together as a family over Christmas and that meant so much to us."
Evonne McKay was completely blindsided when doctors told her that Charlie, her two-and-a-half-year-old son, had a brain tumour.
"When you hear that your child has cancer you are just stuck. You just think, what can I do? What did he do to deserve this? Why did this happen?"
Immediately she was given help by a CLIC Sargent social worker, who realised that Evonne and her partner would need financial and emotional support.
Today alone, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news they have cancer. In those first crucial weeks and months, when young cancer patients are full of fear, anxiety and confusion, CLIC Sargent care teams provide expert support tailored to each child or young person and their family.