Charity staff were visited by X-Factor star Danyl Johnson after receiving a £2.5million funding boost from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Lottery representatives and Johnson visited CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home in London, Paul’s House, meeting staff and families, on Friday, February 3.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised a spectacular £2,556,254 million for the charity, which supports young lives struck by cancer, in 2016.
Paul’s House provides free accommodation for families of young patients walking distance from University College Hospital, helping them to spend time together and cutting travel, food and energy costs.
Danyl, who himself went through a testicular cancer scare when he was a child, met CLIC Sargent House Manager Eric Coates, and learned more about how the home supports families at the most difficult of times.
He said: "I was amazed how Eric and the team provide such a fantastic space for these families without it feeling clinical or impersonal. This is a real home and feels so comfortable and welcoming.
"We learnt about great things like 'baking Thursday', where Eric makes cakes for the house, and it makes you realise how important it is to have a place like this where families can just rest and take a break from the stress of the cancer. They can think about something else.
"I had my own close call with cancer as a child. Luckily for me things didn’t go any further, but my family had a glimpse of the massive change to our lives that would bring. I know how vital support provided by CLIC Sargent will be for those families who aren't so lucky.
"I am sure that players of People's Postcode Lottery will be delighted to know that they are supporting such a fantastic charity."
Kate Lee, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent, said: “The money raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery is just spectacular and will make a real difference to so many young lives. CLIC Sargent receives no government funding, making support such as this hugely important, helping the charity be there to minimize the damage cancer causes beyond these patients’ health.
“It was a pleasure to show representatives of People’s Postcode Lottery the fantastic work done by our wonderful Home from Home staff. Treatment for these young patients is grueling and often happens many miles from home. CLIC Sargent Homes from Home are havens for patients and families.
“Today was a great opportunity to give a glimpse of some of the vital services that People’s Postcode Lottery players are supporting. We are so grateful for their support.”
Managing Director at People’s Postcode Lottery, Lorna Menzies, said: “It was wonderful to see the real difference CLIC Sargent is making to families struck by cancer. To see the important services that our players are helping to support firsthand was a great experience.
“Childhood cancer can have such a devastating impact on an entire family and CLIC Sargent’s social care professionals and Home from Home teams are doing fantastic work.”
Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news they have cancer. CLIC Sargent is there to help families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. To find out more visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
For more information on the support provided by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/good-causes/charities/clic-sargent
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About cancer in children and young people
Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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