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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 Disability Living Allowance. Filling out all the forms for us and putting us in touch with the welfare advisers at CLIC Sargent removed a lot of the pressure.

We still have a long road ahead, and Rachel is always there when we need her. CLIC Sargent is a brilliant charity that is almost completely dependent on donations. It also provides nurses who visit children and young people at school and at home to carry out procedures, such as taking blood, which might otherwise require a hospital visit.

September is childhood cancer awareness month, and CLIC Sargent is appealing for people to take part in its £170 fundraising challenge – the amount that families like ours get from the charity to help with the extra costs. So please sign up and take part next month.

Find out more at www.clicsargent.org.uk

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