GOVERNMENT FUNDING | A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
We are extremely grateful that the Northern Ireland Executive has included Cancer Fund for Children in today’s hospice funding announcement. This decision will help ensure that children diagnosed with cancer, their families and those children living with a parent’s cancer diagnosis can continue to receive vital support throughout and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cancer Fund for Children provides families living with a cancer diagnosis, a palliative or terminal cancer diagnosis and those families who have been bereaved through cancer with relief, care, and support through a range of services including short breaks in our therapeutic centre Daisy Lodge and group support in our residential centre, Narnia.
Therapeutic breaks promote rest and relaxation, teamed with unique psycho-social support, specifically tailored to each family’s needs. Our short breaks are designed to improve wellbeing and allow families to spend quality time together and create precious memories. Our aim is to ensure that children and families are better equipped to cope with the emotional impact cancer has on their lives.
Our team of Cancer Support Specialists also support children and young people on the hospital ward, and in the community, reducing the isolation they experience, helping them to develop coping skills and connecting them with other young people.
Speaking about today’s announcement our Chief Executive Phil Alexander said,
“We welcome that the NI Executive has publicly recognised the value of our services and the contribution they make throughout Northern Ireland to this vulnerable group of children and families.
Cancer treatment is frightening, challenging, and isolating and can devastate families emotionally, physically, and financially. Our mission is simple – to support every child impacted by cancer, so they are better equipped to cope in the knowledge that they are not alone.
Our team have continued to provide time sensitive and age appropriate support to children and families throughout the pandemic, ensuring continuity of care and our ability to provide essential bereavement support.
It has been a very challenging time for the families. They face additional worries such as fear of infection, concerns about delays to their treatment and further separation due to the ongoing pandemic.
This additional hospice funding will provide us with much needed relief and stability. We rely almost entirely on the support and generosity of the public through donations and fundraising, which have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving us with a 44% drop in our fundraised income this year. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us at this difficult time, and we will continue to work hard with our supporters, partners and Trusts and Foundations to ensure the vital support we offer continues.
Cancer Fund for Children remains committed to providing specialist support throughout this crisis and beyond. Cancer hasn’t stopped and neither will we. We have provided care and support for over 40 years and we will continue to be there for families in Northern Ireland when they need us most.
I would once again like to thank our wonderful supporters and families for their compassion and generosity, particularly those families who have courageously shared their personal stories of family life and the impact of cancer to highlight the essential support they have received from Cancer Fund for Children.”