With 10 children a day being diagnosed with cancer and many having to spend extended periods of time in hospital, it is hoped that a new website from the Children’s Cancer Recovery Project - http://childrenscancerrecovery.org.uk – will offer welcomed advice and support to parents and families affected by the disease.
Developed using feedback from parents about what is really needed during difficult times, the site is a comprehensive resource full of practical advice, information and ‘Top Tips’ as well as details about financial grants for families. The charity’s lovable mascot ‘Hugs the Bear’ features on the site wearing a bandana to help children and young people feel less self-conscious about losing their hair. Children receive the bear and other useful toys from the charity when they are in hospital undergoing treatment. These gifts help them to remain positive. The bear was developed in consultation with children and has especially soft fur and up-reaching arms to welcome a hug.
Hannah Bellamy, Executive Director of Cancer Recovery Foundation, said; “Our experience with the parents of children affected by cancer let us know that they needed their own very specific website; one that focuses on them and their needs. The on-going treatment can be an extremely lonely time, but we are here to help. We understand it is hard to deal with feelings, explain things to a sick child and deal with lifestyle changes, tough treatments and extended hospital stays. Many families also face financial difficulties when their child has cancer and we want them to know they can apply for our emergency grants. Easing the financial pressure can be a real help in hard and stressful times”.
She added; “The site also encourages Health Professionals to learn more about our services and pass vital details on to parents who need support and assistance, or just a place that they know cares about them.”
The site is launched as the charity send out its Easter gift bags to thousands of children across the country. Orders are up 12% from last year as a result of more community nursing teams, Radiotherapy and MRI departments knowing about the organisation and the work they do. The toys and books are chosen specifically to help children through their hospital stay by distracting them, comforting them, enabling them to talk about their feelings and developing the skills they need both now and in the future.
Rosey Walters, Therapy Radiographer at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, commented; "They really help us support the children through their radiotherapy experience, and help take children’s minds off the treatment. The Hugs bears are really useful to show the children how to lie nice and still- just like their new toy!"
For more information go to http://childrenscancerrecovery.org.uk
Notes to Editors
Cancer Recovery Foundation is a charity devoted to helping people prevent and recover from cancer through Breast Cancer Partnership, Children's Cancer Recovery Project and various adult services.
Our services are based on research with 16,000 cancer survivors about what they really need. We understand people facing cancer often need immediate advice and support. As a charity we are dedicated to giving cancer patients and their family’s financial security, hope and valued advice.
We put together unique Survivor Packs and send them out to help people feel less alone and more able to cope with their diagnosis and manage their recovery- 80% of feel more positive after receiving a pack.
Through our Family Emergency Fund we provide financial assistance to individuals and families so they can focus on their recovery. Whether we help a family heat their home, pay for vital child care or stop final demand letters being sent out, this service means we can take some of the pressure and worry away at stressful times.
The Children’s Cancer Recovery Project also includes the only regular, national donation of toys and books to paediatric wards. This involves putting together thoughtful gift bags to help distract and reward children during treatment. These help them to express their feelings with play therapists and develop skills in school rooms; they also put a smile on little faces and create happier childhood memories, especially important for the parents of children in hospices.
The Breast Cancer Partnership protects pioneers and supports women against breast cancer. We help women to protect themselves against breast cancer and take control of their health by making changes to diet and lifestyle. We provide financial support and practical advice to women already living with the disease. And we let all women know about pioneering research which could save them.
Through our International Aid Programme we work in partnership with hospitals in developing countries; sharing ideas about integrative care with the medical staff and supplying otherwise unavailable medicines directly to the hospitals.
For more information go to www.cancerrecovery.org.uk or email Hannah Bellamy direct at email@example.com
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