Press Release / by Jennifer Kelly
Wed, 06/19/2019 - 14:00

Children with cancer often face long periods of time away from school, often in isolation. 

The use of a special robot called AV1 can provide them with a link to the outside world which can be so important. 

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is delighted to be able to fund the use of this AV1 to Oscar from Worcestershire (who is currently in hospital following a bone marrow transplant) as a pilot project. 

From Oscar’s mother, Olivia:

“Something magical has happened all thanks to Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust. Pitmaston Primary School have received their very own ‘Ozzybot.' This means Oscar can engage in classroom activities, school life in and continue bonding with his peers from his hospital bed!... Thank you so so much."

We hope that in time we will be able to offer this opportunity to more children who are receiving treatment for cancer. Please keep an eye out for more information on this project and the Tesco Centenary Bags voting that commences on the 1st July.

It was a pleasure to be so warmly welcomed by Pitmaston Primary and to have a chance to meet Oscar’s friends. The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is so pleased we can give Oscar this chance to use AV1. We hope it produces plenty of smiles for both him and his friends and give him that vital link back to his classroom.

Oscar has just taken part in school registration for the first time since December 2018. Absolutely amazing. 

Thank you to our fundraisers for making this possible.

Since this campaign has been announced, two more Worcestershire families have made contact asking for similar help. They are also isolated as a result of childhood cancer. If you are able to help us support these families as well, it would be greatly appreciated. It costs the charity in the region of £300 a month to rent and set up an AV1 robot for a child and £5,562 to buy a machine out right (with its service package). They are not cheap, but the difference they can make to very poorly children is amazing. 

If you would like to help, please email [email protected] for more details or alternatively, donations can be made here to help make a difference to these children's lives.