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Bring light in the darkest times

Young cancer patients and their families face unimaginable worry and isolation at Christmas. Please be there for them so they don’t have to face it alone.

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Your donation can mean a family won’t have to face cancer alone at Christmas

2020 has been especially hard for families of a child with cancer, like Merryn. It’s put extra strain on everything from money to mental health, and has left them even more isolated.

CLIC Sargent workers are on the frontline, helping young cancer patients and their families through their darkest times. Now, with Christmas coming, they’re working even harder to keep families together, to make sure they don’t have to worry about anything else. But they need your help.

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“Our world imploded.”

“When she was five years old, our daughter Merryn was diagnosed with a rare cancer, following a nine-and-a-half hour brain surgery. Our world imploded.

“As well as surgery, Merryn needed intense treatment for six months. We had to travel from Cornwall to Bristol every other weekend. It was stressful and exhausting. The side effects of Merryn’s treatment were brutal – at one point she lost so much weight she just lay motionless in our arms.

“Our world imploded.”

“When she was five years old, our daughter Merryn was diagnosed with a rare cancer, following a nine-and-a-half hour brain surgery. Our world imploded.

“As well as surgery, Merryn needed intense treatment for six months. We had to travel from Cornwall to Bristol every other weekend. It was stressful and exhausting. The side effects of Merryn’s treatment were brutal – at one point she lost so much weight she just lay motionless in our arms.

“Our CLIC Sargent Social Worker Anna was there from the start, helping with everything from sorting out benefits and finding us a place in Sam’s House [one of our Homes from Home], to writing a letter to my boss when coronavirus hit and we all had to shield.

“The hospitals, doctors and consultants all take care of the clinical side of cancer, but there’s nothing in place for emotional support. But it’s so important – without it, it’s a very dark journey.

“Life doesn’t stop for cancer, unfortunately, and CLIC Sargent have supported us through life. For me, that’s invaluable – you can’t put a price on it.”

Stuart, Merryn’s dad

“Our CLIC Sargent Social Worker Anna was there from the start, helping with everything from sorting out benefits and finding us a place in Sam’s House [one of our Homes from Home], to writing a letter to my boss when coronavirus hit and we all had to shield.

“The hospitals, doctors and consultants all take care of the clinical side of cancer, but there’s nothing in place for emotional support. But it’s so important – without it, it’s a very dark journey.

“Life doesn’t stop for cancer, unfortunately, and CLIC Sargent have supported us through life. For me, that’s invaluable – you can’t put a price on it.”

Stuart, Merryn’s dad

Your donation will bring light in the darkest times

CLIC Sargent workers are busier than ever this Christmas, helping young cancer patients and their families find their way in the darkest times. Your kind gift will help keep families together and mean they won’t have to face the unimaginable anxiety, isolation and money problems alone.

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