Rudolph 2013 Charity CLIC Sargent

At Ipswich Round Table we know December is a big deal for everyone.  We also know even during the Christmas period people get sick.  This is the chance for us to give as much back to Ipswich as we can and why we are delighted to have supported CLIC Sargent as one of the 2 charities for Rudolph 2013.

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CLIC Sargent Overview

CLIC Sargent has one simple aim: to ease the burden of childhood cancer on children, young people and their families.

Every day 10 families are told that their child has cancer. Diagnosis comes as an almighty shock as their world is turned upside down. Treatment usually starts straightaway and can last up to three years.

CLIC Sargent is there… with clinical, practical and emotional support, every step of the way:

During treatment – providing specialist nurses, play specialists, Homes from Home

In hospital & at home – offering specialist social care and support in the community – services for young people, holidays, grants, information

After treatment – helping survivors, supporting those bereaved

Our services across the country support children & young people aged 0 – 24 years and their families through these difficult times.   Last year, the charity cared for over 6,400 children and young people at different stages of their cancer journey, with over half of them at the very start, dealing with the shock of diagnosis and their intensive treatment that follows this.

Our work in Suffolk

During 2012, CLIC Sargent provided care and support to 78 children and young people from Suffolk. On average, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia each year in Suffolk.

CLIC Sargent Nurses are based at Addenbrookes (3 posts) and Ipswich Hospital (1 post). They care for children and their families during their treatment in hospital, when they return home and go back to school. They work closely with families to limit disruption and provide emotional support. They also provide help and care to siblings who are particularly affected by the change to family life.

CLIC Sargent Social Worker are based at Addenbrookes Hospital (4 posts) and Ipswich Hospital (1 post). They meet with families in their homes and in hospital to provide financial and emotional care throughout these difficult times. Often a parent may have to give up work to care for the child so they arrange grants for families, apply for benefits and provide guidance on managing finances and issues with employers.

Youth and Survivors’ Support:  We know that having cancer as a teenager can hugely exacerbate an already difficult time, while survival often comes at a price for those who beat childhood cancer. We have 2 Young People Support Workers based at Addenbrookes hospital to provide age appropriate support.

CLIC Sargent Grants – In the first three months of diagnosis a family spends on average £1,500 in covering the immediate costs around travel, childcare for siblings and potential loss of income. A care grant is one off payment of £170 to assist families with these unexpected costs. In addition, CLIC Sargent offers Exceptional Circumstances Grants to enable families to cope.

In 2012, CLIC Sargent awarded 47 grants to families in Suffolk, amounting to over £12,000

Holidays:  We provide free opportunities for families to take a break from treatment in supported settings. These holidays offer families the chance to spend time with their child and the opportunity to meet other families in the same situation, share the emotional burden and feel less isolated.

Literature & Advice:  We publish a range of support literature for children and young people with childhood cancer, as well as for parents, siblings, friends and peers.

Bereavement Support:  We provide emotional and financial support to those families whose child has sadly lost their battle with cancer.

Right now, CLIC Sargent are only able to help 2 out of 3 children and young people who are diagnosed with cancer.  We need more help to be there for each and every one.

Registered Charity No. 1107328


Thank you letter 2013