3 years ago, on 29th June 2020 we were told that our son, Josh, was very poorly and most likely had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. The next evening, following a blood transfusion and some antibiotics, we made our way from Poole where we were staying to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital and two days later, the diagnosis confirmed, Josh began his treatment, having his first dose of chemotherapy. That relentless treatment has continued for the last 3 years but is set to finish at the end of August 2023 and we hope that this long journey means the leukaemia that has gone does not come back. Josh is no longer the carefree 4 year old with crazy Boris Johnson style blond hair. He is a strong 7 year old who has shown immense courage and resilience, as has his big brother, Finley, and we are amazingly proud of them both. To mark the end of treatment and the 3 years it has taken we are taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks to raise money for the Sheffield Childrens Hospital and Cavendish Cancer Care, 2 charities that have massively helped and supported us navigate this challenging path.
Cavendish Cancer Care provide support and therapy to those affected by cancer. We were recommended their services by a friend and we are so grateful that we have had their support. They genuinely care and understand the challenges that you are facing and have helped both the boys with some play therapy sessions and us with some parent counselling. Their support can really make a difference to families impacted by cancer and so we would love to raise money to help them continue to do this.
They are a Sheffield charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with cancer and their loved ones.
Last year, they supported over 1,900 people affected by cancer, including carers and children. They offer free-of-charge packages of therapy and support, tailored to each individual's specific needs. But Cavendish only receive enough statutory funding to keep their doors open for about two weeks each year, meaning they rely on the generosity of the public to keep running. Put simply - they need your help.