There are charities that offer grants to families of children with cancer.
The Family Fund
The Family Fund gives grants to lower income families with disabled or seriously ill children or young people, aged 17 or under. It aims to improve the lives of low income families by making life easier and more enjoyable by helping to fund things like holidays, washing machines, computers and hospital visiting costs.
Parents or carers of disabled or seriously ill children under the age of 17 can apply if their child is living with them.
What is available?
Family Fund will look at any grant request that can help with the needs of your disabled or seriously ill child and your family.
When you apply, think about what would help you and your child. You can ask for more than one item. But tell them what is most important to you and your child. The Family Fund looks at grant requests in order of priority.
You can apply for:
- a Centre Parcs break
- a Butlin's holiday in the UK
- a family break through Inspire
- a break with Haven in the UK
- computers and tablets
- day breaks to, for example, to the zoo
- sports equipment
- kitchen appliances
- sensory toys and equipment
- games, books and music
- games consoles
- outdoor play equipment
- special trike or bicycle
- garden improvements
- help towards teaching a young person to drive
Phone: 01904 550055
CLIC Sargent offers support to children and young people with cancer and their families. They:
- can help with day to day support through social workers, a Live Chat on their website and Facebook groups
- give financial support through grants, welfare advice and a benefits calculator
- have a Home from Home service with houses in 8 cities in the UK where your family can stay while your child is in the hospital
- have services for teens and young adults such as social workers and opportunities to connect with other young people with cancer
- give information and financial support during a bereavement
- do research and campaign for policy change
Phone: 0300 330 0803 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
For a more complete list of charities offering grants, ask for this book in your local library.
The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2016-2017 (15th edition)
Rachel Cain & Jennifer Reynolds
Published by the Directory of Social Change, 2016
ISBN 978 1 78482 005 3