There’s no place like Holm for young lives facing cancer

Gloucester Rugby hosted a fantastic family day for Gloucestershire families facing cancer, including a whole host of activites organised by the amazing team at Kingsholm, in partnership with CLIC Sargent.

There’s no place like Holm for young lives facing cancer

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.

This family day was all the more special because there was something for everyone, with so many inclusive activities for the whole family. Children and young people with cancer spend long periods on the ward and away from friends and family, and their home, meaning they really value having time to spend together.

Thank you

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.”

Find out more

To find out how you can do your own fundraising for CLIC Sargent, please contact the Supporter Engagement Team on 0300 330 0803 (option 2) or