Every December is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the UK, and this year CLIC Sargent launched a new report and awareness campaign to highlight the impact of cancer on children’s primary school education. The report also focused on how CLIC Sargent can work with others to share good practice and improve the support children and their families receive.
Thank you to everyone who supported us and took part in the activities we ran throughout December.
Here are some of the highlights:
- We launched our report, No child with cancer left out, at the start of December identifying a range of challenges that children face in keeping up with their education when off school, and when they return. Our findings were extensively reported on in the media, with coverage in The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Star, Western Mail, the Belfast Telegraph and the Daily Record, as well as in regional press. We also featured on BBC1 Wales and BBC1 North West, Channel 5, ITV West Country, ITV Tyne Tees, CBBC’s Newsround, and BBC Radio Five Live, among a host of other broadcast channels.
- We also received wide support from celebrities – thanks to James Anderson, Gary Barlow, Angelica Bell, Mark Chapman, Frankie Essex, Jenni Falconer, Kirsty Gallagher, Chris Hollins, Matthew Le Tissier, Kai Owen, Sid Owen, Patsy Palmer, Duncan Pow, Jen Pringle, Joanna Taylor, James Toseland and Shayne Ward who all Tweeted about our work during December.
- Thank you to everyone who donated so generously to our 2012 Christmas Appeal, co-ordinated collections throughout the UK as part of the Big Bucket Collection, bought our Christmas pin badges or supported our Christmas concerts, you’ve helped us raise well over £500,000 during the month to help us continue our vital work.
- Over 2,200 people have now shown their support for children and young people with cancer by wearing our flower on their Twitter and Facebook profiles.
We know we will be needed more than ever in 2013, and beyond. Right now, CLIC Sargent can only support two out of three of the children and young people diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. Our goal is to reach and support more of those children and young people who need us - and we will only be able to do that with your continuing support.