Charity news / by Emma Williams
Wed, 06/02/2021 - 09:45

Worcestershire based charity; the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is proud to be able to honour its 5th anniversary of becoming a registered charity.

Set up in 2016, The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust was founded in memory of 4-year-old Grace Kelly who sadly passed away in 2014. To date, Grace’s legacy has raised over £1.8 million.

The vision of the Trust was born from the inspiration that Grace imparted on the people she met. Grace was a compassionate and caring little girl, who looked after others before herself. Above all, she wanted to take care of others before herself.

The team at the GKCCT work tirelessly to raise awareness, fund research into rare cancers of childhood and produce educational materials for clinicians, parents and children. They also provide financial, practical and emotional support to families at the time when they need it most.

To date, the charity has dispersed over 900,000 copies of its awareness cards (and reached more than a million people digitally), delivered over 33,000 copies of its awareness publications to hospitals and hospices across the UK, given almost £50,000 in grant support to families, delivered 200 covid support packs, funded £270,000 of research, supported 10 children so far with our AV1 robots and helped to result in the earlier diagnosis of 7 children that we are aware of.

We have also helped support a local family to fundraise for lifesaving treatment abroad for T cell ALL after they had exhausted all treatment options on the NHS. We are proud to say that this child continues to do well today. We have also supported countless families throughout their childhood cancer journeys and this will remain at the heart of all we do.

Charity founder and Grace’s mother said,

“The 5th Birthday of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is a poignant milestone for the charity to reach because Grace never made it to her own 5th Birthday. I do believe thought that Grace would be so proud of all she has helped to achieve, so we would like this to be a time that the charity can celebrate all that we have achieved to far and all the families that Grace’s legacy has helped to support. Thank you so much to everyone that has helped support us in any way. Childhood cancer remains the number one medical cause of death of children in the UK and we are determined to try and change this for the children of the future.”

Like so many other charities, the covid pandemic has had a large impact on the income of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, so the charity would like to take this opportunity to encourage people to offer support wherever they can. All support, large or small can make such a difference to the life of children with cancer.

The GKCCT is marking its 5th charity anniversary by holding a virtual balloon race. Enter to be in with a chance of win a £100 Amazon gift voucher which has kindly be sponsored by Clover HR.

The balloons will set off at midday on Tuesday 22nd June and the race will close at midday on Tuesday 29th June.

The balloon that has travelled the furthest virtual distance will be the winner!

For just £5 per entry, supporters can choose their balloon’s shape, colour and leave a message or dedication and track it all the way to see how it’s getting on!

Find out more about the virtual balloon race