Today, 10 children and young people in the UK, and their families, will have life as they know it turned upside down by the news they have cancer.
We think that all children and young people with cancer should have the support they need to cope with cancer and its impact on their lives.
Yet at the moment, we can only reach two out of the three young people who need our support.
And we know we can’t give everyone the depth of support they need – or for as long as they need it. This needs to change.
The strategy - Aiming High
Developed with the input of children and young people with cancer, and their families, Aiming High is our plan to change what it means to be diagnosed with cancer when you’re young. It sets out some ambitious goals.
First and foremost, we are committed to continuing to deliver our vital services – last year we supported around 6,800 children and young people with cancer, and their families.
And we need to develop and expand our services as funds allow over the next ten years.
By 2025 we will:
- Deliver the right support for everyone – at diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment has ended
- Provide more support for those who are bereaved because of childhood cancer
- Open more CLIC Sargent Homes from Home, close to specialist hospitals
- Spread the best practice we’ve established in nursing
- Offer easily available financial support and welfare advice
- Increase income, in partnership with our supporters
We can’t achieve our strategy on our own. We are almost entirely reliant on voluntary income, meaning that every year we need to raise the funds from scratch to maintain our vital services.
It’s only thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers, and to the generosity of our wonderful supporters, that we can do this.
With your help, we can make our ambitions a reality for the children and young people, and their families, that we’re here for.
If you want to know what it's like to have cancer when you're young, watch our film I'm still here.