Press Release / by Jennifer Kelly
Tue, 02/11/2020 - 09:00

Launch of support grants for families affected by childhood cancer in Gloucestershire

  • Support grants to be made available for all families in Gloucestershire who have a child newly diagnosed with cancer.
  • In the county of Gloucestershire, there are approximately 30 children diagnosed with cancer every year.
  •  We aim to provide financial support grants to all these families.

 

Overview

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is pleased to be able to announce the expansion of our project that provides support for local families. Currently, we provide financial support grants to families in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. We are now able to provide support grants to families affected by cancer in Gloucestershire as well. This project will be funded by money raised from local fundraising initiatives and will carry on alongside all of the national work of the Trust as well.

 

About the Project

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it can result in immense emotional and financial pressures for families. Parents suddenly face increased costs including travel, parking, increased childcare for siblings, additional clothing and of course the fact that one or both parents may be unable to work.

Over the last 18 months, the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust has been proud to be able to provide financial support to families in Worcestershire and more recently, Herefordshire to make things a little easier. Thanks to local fundraising initiatives, we are delighted to announce the roll out of non means tested support grants to the families of newly diagnosed children in Gloucestershire too.

Our other charitable activities, including funding vital research, raising awareness and the production of vital information booklets, will remain unchanged. These roles are funded by our fundraisers nationally, including our wonderful named funds who remain dedicated to fundraising for research into rare, aggressive childhood cancers including rhabdoid tumours.

Dr Jen Kelly, Director of the Trust said,

“We are so pleased to be able to extend our grants to Gloucestershire meaning we can support even more families. Childhood cancer has significant financial implications on families irrespective of the area in which they live, so we understand just how important this support can be. 

 

How many children can we help?

Currently there are around 30 children diagnosed with cancer every year in Gloucestershire. The aim of this project is for us to be able to provide a non- means tested grant to each family that is referred to us by the local oncology team. Grants will be given to children who have been diagnosed (or relapsed) on or after 1st December 2019 on an ongoing basis.

 

 

Gloucestershire is now the 3rd region in which we are pleased to be able to offer this support to families.

We receive no statutory funding, so to ensure we are enable to continue this in the long term, it is so important that we receive local as well as national support from our wonderful fundraisers.

Thank you so much to our local fundraisers for making this additional support work possible.