The financial cost of cancer in children and young people can be devastating. Act now and join our Cancer costs campaign.
Childhood cancer is not only frightening, it can also be devastating for families financially.
From the moment the doctor says it’s cancer, unexpected costs can quickly mount up, such as travel to hospitals, car parking, and extra bills.
On average parents spend £600 extra per month.
Many parents are also forced to give up work and can be plunged into debt as a consequence of their child’s cancer.
We don’t think this is right or fair.
Families should not have to face financial hardship because their child has cancer.
Join our Cancer costs campaign
Help us stand up for young cancer patients and their families and support our Cancer costs campaign.
Ways to support
- Tweet your MP - you may want to use the following for your tweet:
- Text HELP to 70030 to donate £3 or donate online
- Like and share - spread the word on social media using the hashtag #cancercosts
Take part in our travel survey
We want to learn more about parents' experiences of travel costs and accessing travel assistance schemes during treatment. If you are a parent of a young cancer patient (aged 0-24) during treatment) please complete our online survey to tell us about your experiences.
Since CLIC Sargent launched the campaign in Parliament in autumn 2016, you have helped us to contact nearly 250 MPs. Almost 11,000 of you have also signed our petition asking the Prime Minister to take action. If you haven't already, you still have time to campaign and add your signature to our petition to help us reach 20,000!
We have had lots of engagement with banks, energy companies and politicians across the UK, helping us to raise awareness of the issues faced by families and pledge support for #Cancercosts. In February 2017 we announced a new initiative in partnership with British Gas - a referral process for families we support who are British Gas customers, to a specialist team who can offer them tailored support.
In December 2016 we surveyed parents about their experiences of energy bills, debt, and banking during treatment. The findings from this survey will be published In Spring 2017.
We will continue to work with government, energy companies, and financial organisations to ensure that young cancer patients and their families receive the support they need.