Helping Children with Cancer Across the UK

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Helping Children with Cancer Across the UK
Helping Children with Cancer Across the UK
Helping Children with Cancer Across the UK
Helping Children with Cancer Across the UK
Helping Children with Cancer Across the UK
Helping Children with Cancer Across the UK

Introduction 

Together with our partners in the UK we are working to raise funds to give these children and their families to experience a getaway from the difficult situation they are facing and help them to have quality time together, away from the doctors and treatment, whilst still being close enough to a hospital if need.

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We just love receiving photos from the families we support, whether that is from their respite breaks that we organise down in the Forest, during their child's special day out that we have provided or simply just to see the family's smiling faces as an update or thank you for our support.

Thank our supporters, who make this all possible.

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Cancer is a terrible thing for families
Cancer is a terrible thing for families

In the last few months our team has launched the first back packs in hospitals in Essex. Around 200 back packs were delivered to hospitals in the region and children with Cancer and their families have benefitted from the contents of these packs.

 

Gary Grange (Project Coordinator), commented: “When children are diagnosed with cancer they are often immediately whisked from their local hospital to their nearest Principle Treatment Centre. This happens so quickly that they and the parents are totally unprepared for what happens next which means they have understandably failed to bring with them essentials such as toothpaste and toiletries and much more.”

“In many cases the children and parents will be in hospital for a long time. Our ‘We have you back’ packs are designed to help overcome those problems – ensuring that the child patients and their parents have the essentials they need and something to do to beat the boredom.”

The ‘We have your back’ packs are loaded with dozens of items from drink containers to board games, from colouring books and journals to luxury blankets, socks, gloves, headphones, chargers and much more. According to Chloe’s mum Victoria they have will really make a difference, helping to change lives of young cancer patients for the better.

The provision of the We’ve Got Your Back packs reduces stress and worry both to the child and their carer as the packs provide them with everything both the child and carer will need during their stay in hospital getting treatment. Financially, it also helps as it not only gives them everything they need but due to your amazing support it means they do not have to pay for the back packs. On average families are £600 per month worse off when they have a child diagnosed with cancer and many have to reduce their hours of work or give up work altogether to care for their child.

This puts an enormous financial strain on them at the worst possible time. We now want to roll out the We’ve Got Your Back packs to other areas and hospitals. We can only do this with the support of amazing organisations and people. Please continue to help us make a difference to the lives of children with cancer and their families.

 

As well as this new initative our team have continued to provide restbite breaks to the New Forest Lodge for families and issues emergency grants to 12 families in need. All this is made possible by your donations and we thank you so much for your help!

Thank You 

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Freddy's tackle against Cancer
Freddy's tackle against Cancer

Dear Supporters, 

We want to share with you a story that is Celebrating Freddy


Freddys Mum says "When Freddy was diagnosed it was what I thought, the worst day of my life, but the strength and resilience he had is what kept me going. It was far from easy but he was here with us.

23rd May 2020, that changed, Losing Freddy was unexpected for us and very quick, There was nothing they could do. From getting those scan results to Freddy passing was long and traumatic, yet so short, why couldn’t we just be together a little longer? Why us? Why now?

His little sister barely understood anything, how do we tell her she will never see him again?, I just hope those little memories will comfort her as she gets older.

Freya talks about him every single day, I am so glad that in those short few years that she has so many happy memories with her big brother. But it’s also so hard, are we saying the right things to her? How will this affect her in life?, can she really tell us how she feels? and myself, I don’t have the time to grieve, I still have to ‘cope’ and get through the days for her. I have no choice. When in reality, for me, each day gets harder without Freddy here with me, I think after a year now it’s finally hit me, I will never get to see him hit all of these milestones he should have.

People say time stops, it doesn’t, people move on, life goes on, eventually, things go back to somewhat normal but not for you, it’s a new normal, grieving is a forever process, and so many people have expectations of how you ‘should be’ after a loved one dies. But the truth is there is no wrong or right way, me and Freddys dad both grieved very differently. And still do.

Grieving a child is an unimaginable pain and heartache.

My whole life has changed. My body feels different. My heart aches and Things will never be the same. I have now started counselling and it helps in some ways, but nothing will ever change. It’s a constant battle, I overthink, I question myself and I have so many unanswered questions, but I do believe he is free of pain and resting beautifully now.

I’d like to thank this project for allowing us to use their holiday home last year after Freddy passed, this allowed us to take some time away as a family and we appreciate it so much. Making sure We make lots of memories with Freya is a big thing for us, especially as our time was limited with Freddy.

It is from the love and generousity of our supports allows this project to help families that are battling with cancer a chance to create life changing memories together in such tough times. We thank you for your support! 

Thanks,

Vincent, Gary and the team at Lennox and Action Change! 

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Introduction 

Cancer and the treatment can be very draining, long and expensive especially as it is not something people are prepared for and often this leaves families feeling very stressed and not able to enjoy their time with their loved ones.

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Our partners in the UK have 3-holiday homes that are available for families with children undergoing cancer treatment to go to for a getaway and opportunity to spend quality time together in the most stress-free environment possible. A donation of $20 covers the cleaning and maintenance of the lodge after one family holiday. Families do not pay for any expenses during their stay.

Thank you for your support

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Tyrone Bennett
London, London United Kingdom
$3,687 raised of $6,545 goal
 
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