Government Funding | A message from our CEO
Cancer Fund for Children welcomes the announcement by the Department of Finance yesterday that we along with other Hospice charities are to receive a short-term funding package to help us support children and young people impacted by cancer.
Speaking about the announcement our Chief Executive Phil Alexander said,
“We are relieved to receive this funding package from the Northern Ireland Executive. Cancer, and how it affects children and their families, will not stop during this crisis. Every week we spend in isolation in Northern Ireland, three more children will be diagnosed with cancer and countless more children will be struggling to cope with their parent’s cancer diagnosis. This is a difficult time for everyone, and families impacted by cancer face additional worries such as fear of infection, concerns about delays to treatment plans and further separation due to isolation rules.
The young people we support are particularly vulnerable and we have had to adapt our working practices to ensure at-risk families are kept safe. I would like to thank our team of Cancer Support Specialists who are working tirelessly during this crisis to deliver a lifeline of support to children and young people.
This has been a challenging time for many charities like ours who rely almost completely on the generosity of the public fundraising to deliver their services. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their unparalleled support and the Northern Ireland Executive for valuing the services Cancer Fund for Children deliver to families living with cancer.
However, I remain cautious. Whilst this funding does provide much needed relief, we still need to raise £2.4 million this year. As we rely heavily on donations from the local community to fund our services, we will continue to need their help as we navigate through this crisis.
I would once again like to thank all our wonderful supporters and families for their compassion and generosity, particularly those families who have courageously shared their personal stories of family life and cancer to highlight the essential support they have received from Cancer Fund for Children. It is with kindness and support that we show to each other that we will get through these unprecedented times together.”
Find out more about how we are supporting families here.