Posted on Wednesday 12 February 2020
Join CLIC Sargent’s Paul’s House to Paris cycle
This year, join CLIC Sargent in a one of a kind cycling challenge. Our team of life changing cyclists will be riding the 185-mile route to Paris this September, finishing at the Eiffel Tower. But this challenge is extra special as it will start at our London Home from Home, Paul’s House.
Paul’s House is a haven for families when their child is going through cancer treatment. It’s free, close to the principal treatment centre which is often many miles from a family’s own home. It allows young cancer patients to be close to their families at a difficult time, when they need each other most.
For every £33 raised, you could be paying for a family to stay in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home for a night like Julia’s.
In December 2015, her son Adam was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma. Adam needed to receive treatment in London, which meant the family were many miles from home. Thankfully, his family were able to stay at one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home, Paul’s House.
Julia said: “It was a huge relief to our family to hear about Paul’s House. Before being offered a room there, we’d been sleeping in shifts on wards, in camp beds and in chairs.
“We had an induction with the wonderful house manager, Eric, who offered us a warm welcome with cake and a cup of tea. The house felt homely and safe. The simple things that we had taken for granted were appreciated: the house was carpeted, it had curtains, privacy and smells of home – we didn’t have that on the ward. Paul’s House really was a home from home. To have a little bit of home made a huge difference as it was a break from the intensity of the ward and a place where we could cook and eat together as a family.”
Last year CLIC Sargent welcomed 1,220 families, like Julia’s, in to their 10 Homes from Home across the country. Join our Paul’s House to Paris Cycle team today and help us be there for all the families that need us this year.
Want to take part in the challenge of a lifetime? The Paul’s House to Paris Cycle Challenge will take place from Thursday, September 3 to Sunday, September 6. To find out more and sign up to the challenge, contact 08456 024770, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or click here.
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About cancer in children and young people
Today, 12 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that 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
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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