Please get be­hind our cam­paign

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - Cerys Sadler CLIC Sar­gent Fundrais­ing and En­gage­ment Man­ager

SEPTEM­BER marks Child­hood Can­cer Aware­ness Month (CCAM) and CLIC Sar­gent, the UK’s lead­ing can­cer char­ity for chil­dren and young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies, is call­ing on South Glam­or­gan lo­cals to get be­hind our cam­paign to help fam­i­lies with travel costs to and from hospi­tal.

The added costs of re­peated hospi­tal trips for can­cer treat­ment dras­ti­cally im­pacts fam­ily fi­nances. Our re­search shows that on av­er­age fam­i­lies have to make a 60-mile round trip ev­ery time their child needs treat­ment, a check-up or falls ill sud­denly and needs ur­gent care. This costs fam­i­lies an av­er­age of £180 a month – just in petrol costs – some fam­i­lies tell us they of­ten face count­ing pen­nies to make the jour­ney. We’re pe­ti­tion­ing the Govern­ment to set up a Young Can­cer Pa­tients Travel Fund to ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den.

In South Glam­or­gan, 36 chil­dren and young peo­ple and fam­i­lies are be­ing sup­ported by CLIC Sar­gent through can­cer treat­ment. All of these are hav­ing to find ex­tra money, on top of ev­ery­day costs, to en­sure their child gets to the vi­tal treat­ment they need.

Peo­ple can sup­port CLIC Sar­gent’s cam­paign by:

■ Buy­ing a gold rib­bon pin badge on­line or from your lo­cal Mor­risons store or JD Wether­spoon;

■ sign­ing our pe­ti­tion on CLIC Sar­gent’s web­site;

■ or­gan­is­ing a small fundrais­ing event at your school/work/lo­cal club.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Child­hood Can­cer Aware­ness Month and how to get in­volved, visit www.clic­sar­ ccam

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