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

Our aim is to support every young person diagnosed with cancer, or living with a parent diagnosed with cancer so no family has to face cancer alone.

  • Every week in Northern Ireland, another three children and young people will be told the devastating news they have cancer.
  • Although 8 in 10 children will survive, cancer is still the leading cause of death amongst children in the UK. (source Cancer Research UK)
  • Every week in Northern Ireland, Cancer Fund for Children supports another nine children who have a parent diagnosed with cancer.
  • 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 over 350 families and 800 young people at any one time.
  • Their team of experienced 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 supports them through life during and after treatment and, in sadly some cases, bereavement.
  • Cancer Fund for Children’s 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
    • 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.
    • Financial Support: providing financial support to help manage the costs of cancer.helps to ease the financial impact cancer has on families through the provision of four non-means tested grants.
    • 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.
    • Self-Catering Breaks: provides families with private quality time together away from the challenges of living with cancer.

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