Nobody likes their daily commute.
The delays, the distance, the cost. Every day. Now imagine making this commute when you’re going through cancer treatment.
Not only do families have to deal with cancer, they also have to deal with mounting travel costs: train tickets, fuel, car maintenance and taxi fares. It’s all part of their cancer commute, and we want you to do something about it.
We’re challenging the government to create a Young Cancer Patient Travel Fund, so they don’t have to worry about mounting travel costs during treatment.
Sign our petition now
Our research shows that children and young people with cancer have to travel an average of 60 miles to and from hospital for treatment. This isn’t by choice. Many young cancer patients have to travel to specialist cancer centres to get the care they need – they can’t just go to their local hospital.
Dealing with cancer is tough enough without money worries. But cancer costs young cancer patients, and their families, £600 more every month. When treatment is at its most intense £180 goes on their cancer commute.
It’s not right, and the government isn’t doing enough to help.
Young cancer patients and their families get very little support for travel costs, and most of them don’t qualify under the government’s current system.
This has to change now. Sign our petition and challenge government to create a Young Cancer Patient Travel Fund for young cancer patients.
You can also download our petition sheet and ask your friends and family to sign it. Please send a scanned copy or picture of your completed petition forms to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 23 September 2018.
Our research report
Cancer costs. Let’s change the price tag. Read our full research report (PDF link)
This is what families had to say about the cancer commute.
Spread the word
We want to create as much buzz as possible around travel costs. Share your own cancer costs story with us on Facebook or Instagram social media using #CancerCosts and don’t forget to tag CLIC Sargent.
Wear a gold ribbon
This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, wear a gold ribbon pin badge with pride. Show your support for families facing the cancer commute and get your gold ribbon from our online shop, your local Morrisons, JD Wetherspoon pub or selected stores of H Samuel and Ernest Jones. You can also pop into one of our 25 charity shops in south west England.
Get your friends and family together and to help families with the immediate costs of cancer this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve got everything covered when it comes to supporting you. Just download our fundraising ideas, poster and totaliser to get started:
For extra support, guidance and fundraising materials to help you make the most of your event, please email our Supporter Engagement Team at email@example.com or call 0300 330 0803 (option 2). They’re a friendly bunch and ready to help you make the most of your event.
How we help
CLIC Sargent care teams work with young people and families to help them get vital financial support. We arrange CLIC Sargent grants and help them get the benefits and other support they’re entitled to. We also help liaise with young people’s employers and sort out housing issues to keep families together, because day-to-day life doesn’t stop when you have cancer.