Skylah is one of 60 children diagnosed in the UK each year with the aggressive eye cancer retinoblastoma. Every three weeks her family, like others supported by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), travel 100s of miles to only two UK specialist treatment centres to save Skylah's sight, eyes and life. Fearful for her child's life, Skylah's mother also doesn't know how she will afford this journey for the next four years. Help us give her GBP 200 to make her life with cancer a little bit easier
Each year around 500 children receive treatment for retinoblastoma in the UK. Most families travel hundreds of miles at their own expense to the only two specialist treatment centres available - London and Birmingham. Travel costs can be expensive and ongoing - some face years of treatment to save their eyes. The impact can be felt by the whole family as parents face increasing financial pressure and struggle to find a way to meet these costs.
The CHECT GBP 200 grant offers families a lifeline when they need it most - it is just one way to make life for parents with a child in cancer treatment a little bit easier, lifting immediate financial stress and enabling them to focus undivided attention on the sick child. In extreme circumstances this fund also allows us to make exceptional grants. Our support workers will also apply to other organisations on behalf of families to help them access further grants during this difficult times
It is a parent's worst nightmare to be told their child has a life-threatening cancer. To then face financial hardship just to reach vital treatment can be devastating. This grant will help alleviate the immediate financial anxieties faced by parents, reducing their stress and ensuring travel costs for treatment do not become an overwhelming burden for the whole family.