A teenager from Darlington who overcame cancer visited a peers briefing at the House of Lords in October to discuss the impact of new legislation on children and young people with cancer.
18-year-old Lilli Broadbent, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2008, shared her story with a number of peers, including Liberal Democrat Baroness Brinton, ahead of the passing of the new Children and Families Bill.
CLIC Sargent was present at the briefing to highlight the potential effect of the bill on children and young people with medical needs – in particular their education.
Lilli received excellent support from her school during her cancer treatment but spoke of how many teenagers in the same position do not. She also suggested ways in which this might be changed.
Baroness Brinton has since made reference to Lilli’s story in both a parliamentary debate about the bill and a subsequent speech.
Helen Gravestock, CLIC Sargent Research and Policy Manager, said: “It always adds more weight to our cause when we visit parliament with a child or young person we’ve supported, and Lilli and her father Roy were fantastic. They both spoke so well about their experiences and the peers were really engaged with their story. I would like to say a big thank you to them for coming along and helping out.”
The Broadbents also helped promote CLIC Sargent’s No teenager with cancer left out report which was released in July and found that many teenagers are not given the support they need when they return to education during or after cancer treatment.