Adam Wright, 15, of South Benfleet, was diagnosed in December 2015, after the usually super-fit teenager became lethargic and complained of stomach pains.
Initially doctors thought Adam had problems with indigestion, before he was eventually diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
The financial impact of cancer
His treatment had to start from that moment, and his mother Julia realised that regular travel to and from University College London Hospital would be a huge undertaking, especially as Adam dealt with the side-effects of chemotherapy.
However the family were able to stay at CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home next to the hospital, Paul’s House. This saved them from the financial impact of travel, as well as helping them concentrate on spending time together. The family even stayed at the house over Christmas.
Adam got through his treatment and is doing well. He and his mother recently returned to the house to say thank you, in a video recorded by People’s Postcode Lottery, the players of which have raised a spectacular £4.8million for the charity.
Making a difference
In the video Julia and Adam talk about the impact the house had for them, and how much of a difference it made to the family’s entire experience.
“Before our world was turned upside down I’d never even heard of CLIC Sargent. It was a huge relief to our family to hear about Paul’s House.
"Before being offered a room there we’d been sleeping in shifts on wards, in camp beds and on chairs.
“We had an induction with the wonderful house manager, Eric, who offered us a warm welcome with cake and a cup of tea. The house felt so homely and safe.
“The simple things we had taken for granted were appreciated: the house was carpeted, it had curtains, privacy and the smells of home – we didn’t have that on the ward. Paul’s house really was a home from home.
“The smell of Eric’s home baked cakes drifted up the stairs and that of clean washing from the laundry room. To have a little bit of home made a huge difference as it was a break from the intensity of the ward and a place where we could cook and eat together as a family.
“Staying at Paul’s House saved us a lot of money too; the travelling, car parking and hotel costs would have been extortionate. Buying three meals a day while on the ward soon added up, especially when Adam’s appetite and taste buds were so up and down. The grant of £170 from CLIC Sargent helped with the financial worries too.”
People's Postcode Lottery
The video is presented by X-Factor star and People's Postcode Lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson, and aims to show the reality of the home to players who might not know how it helps families.
The funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help fund CLIC Sargent’s specialist teams of nurses, social care workers and play specialists, who create packages of support for families at the moment when they need it most.
Head of charities at the People’s Postcode Lottery, Clara Govier, said: “We are delighted that our players are supporting a charity which is making such a difference to the lives of young cancer patients and their families.
“It is fantastic to see Adam and his mother back at Paul’s House and to hear of the vital support it provided. It is great to think that our players will help to provide such important services.”
Find out more information on the support provided by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.