We take referrals from professional bodies such as children’s hospitals, social services, and cancer charities. They turn to us as a last resort when families have fallen through the net of other aid agencies.
There are an estimated 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a life limiting or life threatening condition (University of Leeds, 2011). Thousands of these families face the trauma of their child's illness whilst struggling with severe poverty on a daily basis. So many of the families we support are single parents – sometimes mothers escaping from domestic violence, or partners having died leaving debts.
We respond within 24 hours offering practical support.
Poverty is corrosive, discriminating and unfair – it impacts on children’s health and life opportunities. Illness places an additional financial burden on family life which can be insurmountable.