Already, Morrisons has helped CLIC Sargent support each child and young person in the way most appropriate to them, shaped around the three service pillars of People, Places and Practical Things.
Morrisons is funding five Nurse Educators to teach doctors and nurses in community hospitals across the UK how to care for young cancer patients. CLIC Sargent knows that enabling confident and safe cancer care to happen closer to home means so much to young people. It means less disruption to family life, less costly travel to appointments and easier reintegration to employment or education.
It means children like Aaron, 3, can get his chemotherapy treatment at home. Aaron has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which means he will be on treatment until February 2021. That treatment involves weekly and sometimes daily round trips of 20 miles from the family home in Dudley to Birmingham Children's Hospital. As mum, Rajdeep doesn't drive, it means a two hour trip on public transport or a costly £30 taxi ride. Not only do those costs start to add up, but the time away from Rajdeep's 10-year-old daughter puts a huge strain on family life.
But thanks to Chelsea Hammond, our Nurse Educator for the midlands, Aaron can now have his chemo at home. Chelsea spent three days at home with Rajdeep, Aaron and a community nurse where she demonstrated the most effective an safe way to treat Aaron. Rajdeep said:
"Chelsea spent a long time with us making sure we all understood exactly how the treatment works so both the nurse and I felt comfortable. It is so good that we don't have to travel to Birmingham all the time now because the nruse can come to us. Aaron is comfortable and happy in his home and I am happy because he is happy."
Thanks to Morrisons, we have welcomed 108 parents or young people to our Home from Homes. They are parents who are living at their child's bedside in cramped hospitals wards, or young people who desperately want to reconnect with friends over reliable Wi-Fi - which isn't often available in hospitals.
Eric Coates, Manager of Paul's House in London, said:
"This service has been a godsend for our families. They can't believe something so precious is available to them to use for free. They are happy to be able to cook something tailored to their child because they find it quite difficult to find the right stuff for their tastes - either because of cultural needs or because their child has particular cravings. They always say it is amazing that they can use the house, and that is something we could not have done without Morrisons."
Money worries, trouble concentrating at school, fears over return to work. These are the hidden costs of a cancer diagnosis and the impact on young lives is very real. But Morrisons is helping us be there to help out with some practical things that can make life with cancer that bit more bearable. We have been able to give out a staggering 3980 grants thanks to Morrisons, that means families can spend less time worrying about money. Of those, 200 went to parents to help pay for their child's funeral. A further 153 families got those grants via our brand new, Morrisons-funded online grants database.
It isn't just money that helps. We have launched the first phase of our brand new website with thanks to Morrisons. The site has more useful information than you can shake a stick at, and will be a first point of call for young people wanting information when and where they need it. And 1359 members of our online support groups can now share advice in a 'virtual parents room' off the wards, thanks to funding for our digital services from Morrisons. To read two mum's experiences of why these online groups are so vital, click here.
Support CLIC Sargent while you shop
Those brilliant partners of ours have created a limited edition bouquet, made up of white roses, alstroemeria, stallion and phlox with panicum grass, pistache and gold parvi.
The flowers are posted flat as buds, and come packaged small enough to be posted through a letterbox. The bouquets are £23 - with £2 from each coming to CLIC Sargent. Buy yours here.
£6 million and counting
The partnership is proving so successful that the supermarket has extended its fundraising target to £10 million by 2020. That is £2 million more than originally forecast at the start of the partnership in February 2017.
David Scott, Head of Corporate Services at Morrisons, said:
"Our colleagues and customers have thrown themselves into fundraising for CLIC Sargent, and we are fundraising faster than ever before. That’s why we have decided to extend our target to £10 million, which will make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people facing cancer."
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