A new social worker has been appointed at CLIC Sargent thanks to a generous donation from an appeal in memory of Brentwood teenager Georgia Cordery.
The new role means CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, will be able to provide more support for families in south Essex whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer.
Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal (GTCA) was set up by Georgia Cordery and her family after she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2008, shortly before her 13th birthday. Sadly, Georgia died in May 2010, aged just 14. Her family has continued fundraising and has now donated money to fund a new social worker at CLIC Sargent.
The part-time post will be partly based in Queen’s Hospital, in Romford, and will support children and young people being treated for cancer locally and at University College London Hospital and Great Ormond Street. CLIC Sargent social workers offer a range of financial, emotional and practical support from diagnosis onwards.
Georgia’s dad Peter Cordery said the appeal was keen to donate money to provide a social worker to help more families facing cancer in south Essex. He said his family would have especially welcomed more support during Georgia’s final days.
“It’s imperative to have your child at home in their final days. I think it’s what everyone would want, every mum and dad and child. Georgia was adamant that she wanted to be at home,” he said.
“We lost valuable time nursing Georgia when we should have just been spending time with her. We found that in south Essex, if your child wants to be at home, there was no one to help.
“We’ve been working towards getting a nurse for teenagers at home which is why it started. This social worker is a step towards this, someone who can see the problems, who can sort out someone suitable to give the drugs and the injections, not the mum and dad.
“We’re doing this to make sure other parents don’t have to go through what we went through, so they can spend that time just being with their child.”
Pam Robinson, Assistant Director of Services at CLIC Sargent, said: “We are delighted we can provide a new social worker thanks to the generous donation from GTCA.
“This new role will make a real difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer and their families in south Essex. CLIC Sargent social workers provide much-needed practical and emotional support at what is a very difficult time for the whole family.”
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About childhood cancer
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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