One CLIC away

Just before Christmas 2014, our nine-week-old baby boy was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Our family was devastated.

Callum was in hospital for the next 40 days for intensive chemotherapy, which was incredibly tough and upsetting. In the first week, we met Rachel from CLIC Sargent, a charity that provides emotional, practical, financial and clinical support to children and young people undergoing cancer treatment and their families.

Rachel, a social worker based at Alder Hey Hospital, offered to help us. Without her continued support since that first week, I believe our family would have fallen apart.

Almost immediately, Rachel awarded us a CLIC Sargent grant of £170 to help with the extra costs following Callum’s diagnosis. We were struggling to pay for the fuel to visit Callum, and hospital meals are not cheap either. It made a massive difference.

She then helped us to apply for housing benefit to cover the rent on our council house, which was a big relief, and to apply for


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