Vote now to help support CancerCare’s children’s service

Helen Fry of Cancercare, who works with children and young people affected by cancer.
Helen Fry of Cancercare, who works with children and young people affected by cancer.

A Lancaster business is aiming to help boost CancerCare’s bid to improve its services for children.

The Slyne Road charity wants to further its Children and Young People’s Service, and to help, insurance brokers Reid Hamilton have put the service forward for a £5,000 Aviva Community Fund award.

The dedicated Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) team offers free support to children aged from three to 18, their parents and carers.

A grant of £5,000 from Aviva would pay for CancerCare to support 10 more families during the coming year, helping them to live with, through and beyond cancer.

The CYPS is one of the charity’s growing areas of work. Therapists are specially trained to work with children of all ages, and to help them make sense of their feelings at a very difficult time.

Children may be referred to CancerCare from the health service, from their schools, or by their own families.

Frequently it is found that there are a range of problems within a family, and that the addition of a cancer diagnosis on top of everything else can result in family life suddenly and rapidly deteriorating.

Children are often exhibiting anti-social behaviour, they may be affected by domestic violence and abuse, and they will often be struggling at school.

CancerCare’s services help to make children more resilient; to cope with everyday tasks, and to manage anxiety and stress both at school and at home.

The therapists work with children in a number of ways, providing a safe and confidential space for children to ‘tell their story’ and find ways to cope.

This includes through dressing up and role play, art and creative expression, and counselling and group support.

They also offer consultations for parents and carers, for support at any time.

You can vote to help this service continue to expand here