CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
One of the services CLIC Sargent provides is an ‘exceptional’ grant for young people or families of children travelling abroad for proton beam therapy. The grant is to cover extra costs not covered by the NHS, such as food and refreshments.
The grant is for up to £250, with a further £250 made available to families who have an exceptional need. In addition there is an automatic grant of £170 we make to every family as soon as a young person or child is diagnosed to help with immediate financial needs.
Any family with a young person (aged 24 or under) or child who is receiving treatment for cancer can apply for a grant. We’re committed to helping everyone who needs us, so we don’t use means testing.
All applications for grants need to be made through a health or social care professional, such as your CLIC Sargent Social Worker. If you are unsure who can apply on your behalf, please call us on 0300 330 0803 and we will put you in touch with someone.
We aim to respond to your request and send a cheque within five days.
Families travelling abroad for proton beam therapy receive help from the NHS with the highest costs they will face – travel and accommodation. If you are receiving benefits you may be able to carry on receiving them while you are abroad as well.
July 2013, next planned review 2014.