Humza Yousaf, the Glasgow Pollock MSP, has shown his support for a young cancer patients’ Home from Home with a visit.
The home provides free accommodation for young cancer patients and their families just a short walk from the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.
Families in Scotland can often face a gruelling round trip of more than 60 miles for every treatment, which can last months or even years. The financial impact of this travel can be considerable, alongside the emotional cost of families often having to spend extended periods of time apart.
CLIC Sargent’s 10 Homes from Home across the UK ease these burdens by providing family rooms with communal kitchens, lounges and laundry facilities, helping families save money and concentrate on spending time together.
Humza Yousaf MSP said: “I was truly inspired during my recent visit to CLIC Sargent's Marion's House facility in my constituency.
"Marion's House provides a real home away from home for families across the country during the most difficult and challenging time.
"The services provided by Marion's House not only financially assist families during a child's cancer treatment, they also provide a support network which allows families to concentrate their efforts and energy on their vulnerable child. I am delighted to support the good work CLIC Sargent are doing and wish them every continued success."
Priyanka Patel, Policy & Public Affairs Officer, said: “It was a pleasure to have Humza visit Marion's House. He took a keen interest in the work of the charity and I’m delighted that we could give him a closer look at the work CLIC Sargent is doing in his constituency and across Scotland.”
Marion’s House was opened in 2016 as part of CLIC Sargent’s £3million Scottish Home from Home appeal, following the 2012 announcement that the children’s hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh would be moving to new sites.
The charity is still looking to raise £425,000 toward the appeal, in order to build a new home in Edinburgh in time for the opening of the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in 2018.
To support the appeal and help to create a Home from Home in Edinburgh, text "Home" to 70020 to donate £3 or donate online.
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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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