Every day, ten children and young people in the UK receive the devastating news they have cancer. Treatment usually starts immediately, often miles away from home. It is frightening, gruelling and can last for up to three years. It turns worlds upside down, inside out and back to front.
If that's not bad enough, treatment frequently leads to the young person's hair falling out, further impacting on their life. To show solidarity with young cancer patients I will be becoming a #LifeShaver and shaving my head.
By doing this I’m hoping to raise much needed funds for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity. Any sponsorship I raise will help them continue to support children and young people across the UK, and their families, who are faced with a cancer diagnosis.
Here’s how your donation large or small could make a real difference:
£4 could pay for one copy of a CLIC Sargent storybook, putting cancer into words and illustrations children can relate to.
£15 could pay for one hour of a CLIC Sargent Play Specialist’s time, so that they can help a child prepare for and cope with treatment, by using models, toys and photos.
£28 could pay for an hour of a CLIC Sargent Nurse’s time, so that they can coordinate clinical and non-clinical care for children with cancer, to maximise the amount of time they can safely spend at home.
£230 could pay for a family to stay in one of CLIC Sargent’s nine Homes from Home for a week, providing free self catering accommodation near to children’s cancer treatment centres, which are often miles from a family’s own home.