Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire has visited one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home to find out more about the cancer charity for children and young people.
During her visit on Monday July 25 Thangam was shown around CLIC House, in Cotham, Bristol. The home is one of 10 run by the charity across the country, providing free accommodation just a slipper-walk away from the hospitals where children and young people are treated for cancer.
Thangam has a personal connection to the charity as a family member Levi is a childhood cancer survivor and his mum Emilie works for the charity and recently completed the London Marathon for CLIC Sargent.
She was keen to speak to CLIC Sargent staff and families staying in the home about the practical and emotional support the charity is able to provide to families affected by cancer. Thangam also heard more about the charity’s latest research and campaigns, including highlighting the impact of delayed diagnosis and the financial implications of a cancer diagnosis.
Thangam Debbonaire MP said: “I hugely enjoyed visiting CLIC House in Bristol, seeing the impact CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Homes have on young cancer patients and their families and talking with some families who are using the services.
“CLIC Sargent is a very personal charity for both me and Emilie, who works for CLIC Sargent and ran the London Marathon for the charity earlier this year. We have family experience of childhood cancer as Emilie’s son Levi, then aged 12, had osteosarcoma.
“I’ve also learnt about specialist services for children with cancer, while having cancer treatment myself. The work that CLIC Sargent does is vitally important in supporting those children, young people and families who are going through cancer and CLIC House is just one example of how they make a difference.
“I look forward to continuing to work with CLIC Sargent in my constituency and in Parliament to make a real difference to children and young people like Levi and their families.”
CLIC Sargent Head of Policy and Public Affairs Clare Laxton said: “We are delighted to have the support of Thangam for our services in Bristol and the work we do across the UK.
“She is a brilliant advocate for the charity and the children, young people and families we work with and we are looking forward to working closely with her in the future to create real change for young cancer patients.”
CLIC Sargent supports children and young people aged 0-24, who have received a cancer diagnosis. The charity provides practical, emotional and financial support and relies on donations to fund its work.
To find out more about the charity’s work visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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About cancer in children and young people
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news 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
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. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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About Thangam Debbonaire
Thangam Debbonaire is the Labour MP for Bristol West and was elected in 2015. She has a strong interest in issues relating to equality and domestic abuse and has co-authored two books and a number of papers. Before becoming an MP she worked for Respect, a national domestic violence intervention organisation.