Community President Fred Reed thought of the idea for the family day after recent discussions with CLIC Sargent dads, about how best to support them during their child’s treatment.
Some fathers and male carers struggle to express how they feel about their child’s cancer diagnosis, and to talk about how they are coping. A new CLIC Sargent Facebook support group called ‘Mind the Chaps’ has been formed to encourage dads to meet up and help each other through this difficult time.
The Gloucester Walking Rugby team were excellent trainers and the parents and young people were able to learn this excellent game in the sunshine.
There were special appearances and support from current and former players, including Ollie Thorley and Charlie Sharples, and the catering team put on a wonderful lunch for everyone.
A huge difference
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Caroline Marshall said: “Families facing childhood cancer encounter many challenges on top of their medical treatment, and at CLIC Sargent we want to make sure we support them through it all.
"This family day at Kingsholm makes a huge difference to families’ emotional well being, and I can’t thank the club enough for all their efforts."
“We’ve already had feedback from the families that they had an amazing day and they are so grateful to Gloucester Rugby for making it happen.”