If you are a friend or family member of a parent whose child has been diagnosed with cancer, you will naturally want to ask, 'Is there anything I can do to help?'. But when parents are in such an overwhelming situation, they may struggle to think of an answer.
Make it easy for them
Hearing their child has cancer turns a parent's world upside down and they may not know where to start when they are offered help. So make a practical offer, like collecting the other children from school.
Be specific about time too. For example, say you'll pick up the children from school on Tuesday, rather than generally promising to babysit sometime. This approach makes it easier to plan, and gives parents one less thing to think about.
10 ways to help
Parents tell us they deeply appreciate the support they receive from family and friends. It doesn't have to be a grand gesture - the little things mean a lot.
Maisie and her family helped us develop the 'How can I help?' booklet which lists ten ways that family, friends and colleagues can help make life a little easier at a difficult time. You can watch their tips below and order or download the booklet for free by visiting our Publications Library.
Do something amazing
Whether you like the idea of running a marathon, hosting a coffee morning or even taking part in a special challenge, doing some fundraising can be a great way to show support for the family. We have lots of brilliant ideas on how to get involved.
Updated July 2016, next review due 2018.