Each and every one of us has felt the impact of the coronavirus crisis to some degree. We cannot overstate how difficult this time has been for the Cancer and Leukaemia patients who we support through our work.
The virus is a deadly reality for these high-risk individuals who already face so much adversity. Conditions for patients have been more restrictive than ever to keep them safe at this difficult time. Children on treatment have been moved from their wards, access to visitors has been minimal and reduced staffing and disruption to care have been real, very concerning threats.
These communities need us now more than ever – please read on to find out what we’ve been up to and how you can help.
Keeping up care and bringing smiles to faces
The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced the importance of our mission and strengthened our resolve to support our oncology networks through everything we do.
Despite the postponement and cancellation of all our fundraising events and the closure of our shops, we have continued funding all of our ongoing commitments including the critical Heath Care Assistant post at the PRUH, Farnborough to ensure oncology care in Kent remains uncompromised.
Whilst our Childhood Cancer Support Groups across Kent and Greater London are unable to meet face to face, we have been nurturing thriving online communities providing patients and families with information, advice and fun-filled activity.
We’ve supplied young patients on treatment with personal access to bouncy castles in their homes to keep up spirits and keep them moving after 12 weeks in lockdown.
Bouncy castles – Bringing joy into the homes of oncology families.
And there’s so much more to mention – the supply of arts and crafts materials, treasure baskets to oncology wards, Easter Eggs, birthday balloons and banners for inpatients in total isolation.
With isolation now such a reality for all of us, the value of our No Isolation Robots initiative can be truly understood by us all. All our children undergoing treatment plans who applied for one of these life-changing robots now have one allowing them to access their support networks and loved ones safely despite the confined conditions they are having to endure.
Special thanks to Kent Community Fund, Tesco Bags for Life and Community Links Bromley for granting us emergency funding and also to Stephens IT for the offer of much needed care packages.
Back to business for Cancer Care!
We are delighted to announce that all our charity shops are open for business – taking donations and selling a wide range of household items, clothing and furniture.