CHICHESTER POST readers are being urged to get behind World Cancer Day this month. At CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, staff want everyone in Chichester and the rest of the county to ‘band together’ behind families affected by cancer.
Catriona Magee, CLIC Sargent fundraising and engagement manager for Sussex, said: “You can make a difference by donating just £2 to get your own their special Band Against Cancer wristband (available in three different collectable colours). Making a small donation, wearing your wristband and telling others about it is such an easy way to make sure you can help other families going through a really tough time.
“Our Cancer Costs research revealed that families spend an extra £600 a month on average while on treatment. As treatment for children and young people’s cancer is often many miles from home at specialist hospitals (Southampton being the nearest principal treatment centre for West Sussex children), families have to pay for things like regular long-distance travel, additional food, clothing, parking and accommodation while having to keep up with regular bills including mortgage, rent and energy bills.
“With your help this World Cancer Day, CLIC Sargent can reach those families through our support workers and nurses who provide practical, emotional and financial support, to help minimise the damage cancer causes to young people.”
Ten bands, costing £20, could pay for an hour with a CLIC Sargent community worker to help young people think about rebuilding their lives after cancer.
To support CLIC Sargent this World Cancer Day, and purchase a Band Against Cancer wristband, visit: clicsargent.org.uk/WorldCancerDay
They also available in J D Wetherspoon pubs, Morrisons stores and select Ernest Jones and H Samuel jewellers.