About Us

Cancer is shocking, overwhelming, isolating... and completely unfair. Especially when you’re young. It takes over your life. Treatment is gruelling and your ambitions and dreams – education, relationships, career, travel – suddenly seem very far away.

We get that. That’s why CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly to stop cancer destroying young lives. We provide grants and free accommodation close to hospital to help with spiralling costs. Our care teams are on hand to help families with everything from getting benefits to treatment closer to home. And we lobby the government to make sure they get the support they’re entitled to. We’re here to make sure young cancer patients can focus on getting their lives back on track.

And we know everyone is different, so we work hard to make sure our support is given how each child and young person needs it most.

Our history

In 2005, two charities joined forces to better help children and young people with cancer, and their families.

  • Sargent Cancer Care for Children, founded in 1968 by Sylvia Darley OBE as a lasting memory to the late Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood), founded in 1976 in the south west by Bob Woodward OBE following the diagnosis of his young son Robert with cancer. Sadly, Robert died in 1977 aged 11, and Bob went on to dedicate his life to charity work.

Together, they are CLIC Sargent – young lives against cancer.

Our vision 

Everyone under 25 with cancer, and their families, will get the support and help they need during their cancer treatment and beyond, including bereaved families living with emotional pain. 

We want them to thrive, not just survive, and for everyone to join in that mission. 

Our promise 

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. 

We will fight tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. We do this individually, locally and nationally, so that they can focus on the important things, like getting well. 

Our values 

Our values are at the heart of how we act as an organisation and who we are. 





We need to be brave and confident with integrity – to make sure there is evidence behind what we are saying. We need to work collaboratively as a team – in the charity, with families, and with partner organisations.

Together with our supporters, we can limit the damage cancer causes for children and young people.