These charities can 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. It aims to make 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.
You need to show that you're entitled to one of these benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment Support Allowance
- Income support
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
And you have permanent residency in the UK and have lived in the UK for at least 6 months. Or for 3 months if your child is less than 6 months old. And your child is not in Local Authority Care.
If you don't receive any benefits you can still apply for a grant, but the charity will need information about your household income.
Ben's Heroes Trust
Ben's Heroes Trust was founded in 2011 in memory of Ben Loyns. Ben sadly died of cancer in December 2010 at the age of 9.
The charity provides funding and support to help children with cancer to get new treatments or drugs that aren’t available on the NHS.
It also funds projects that improve the quality of life for children having treatment in the UK. For example, it helps to fund electronic tablets for children during their treatment. This means they can watch films, play games and stay in touch with friends and family.
CLIC Sargent offers support to children and young people with cancer and their families.
As well as financial grants, they can provide benefits advice, a holiday centre in Scotland and other support such as play specialists.
You can apply for a one-off grant through a health professional or a CLIC Sargent social worker. Call the head office number for all queries, advice or help.
Phone: 0300 330 0803
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