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Media Centre

Contacts for Journalists

If you have a press enquiry or would like to know more about children and young people with cancer and their families please email media@cancerfundforchildren.com or contact the Communications Team on 028 9080 5599.

Facts and Figures

Cancer Fund for Children empowers, connects and strengthens young people and their families so they feel better equipped to deal with the emotional impact cancer has on their lives.

  • Every week in Northern Ireland, another three children and young people will be told the devastating news they have cancer.
  • Every week in Northern Ireland, Cancer Fund for Children receives up to  nine new referrals to support children who are struggling to cope with their parent’s cancer diagnosis.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death in Northern Ireland, with 4,444 deaths reported in 2016.
  • Cancer Treatment normally starts immediately and can last up to three years.
  • Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond the essential clinical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt at home and in the community.
  • The charity supports on average 500 families and 1,500 young people.
  • Their team of experienced Cancer Support Specialists are trained in the fields of social work, counselling and youth and community work.
  • They help families cope with the impact cancer has on their lives, and support them through life during and after treatment and, in sadly some cases, bereavement.
  • Cancer Fund for Children needs to raise £2.4 million every year to deliver their community and residential services.
  • Our Cancer Support Specialists deliver a range of support at home, in the community and the hospital setting including:
    • Individual Support: provides children and young people with the opportunity to express their feelings, thoughts and fears openly in a safe environment.
    • Group Support: brings young people with cancer together to share experiences, gain strength from each other and benefit from peer support.
    • Sibling Support: helps siblings who are feeling worried, lonely and vulnerable as they watch a brother or sister fight cancer.
    • Parental Support: helps parents focus on their emotional well-being and self-care.
    • Bereavement Support: continues to support families who have lost a child or parent to cancer.Cancer Fund for Children continues to support families who have lost a child or parent to cancer,
    • Therapeutic Short Breaks: gives families the opportunity to spend precious time together in a unique and peaceful environment far removed from the pressures of cancer treatment and hospital visits.
  • Cancer Fund for Children needs to raise £2.4 million every year to deliver their community and residential services.

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