Our cancer costs campaign

The financial cost of cancer for children and young people can be devastating. We're campaigning for change to ease the financial burden on families.

Young cancer patient Eliza waiting at a train station

From the moment the doctor says ‘cancer’, costs go up. Travel for treatment, car parking, accommodation, extra heating costs at home. Our research shows parents spend an average of £600 more when their child has cancer.

Many parents are also forced to give up work and can be plunged into debt because of their child’s cancer. And that’s before you add in hidden costs, like parents’ and young people’s mental health. Families should not have to face spiralling debt and mental ill health because their child has cancer.

A Young Cancer Patient Travel Fund

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September 2018 more than 30,000 people signed our petition asking the government to  create a Young Cancer Patient Travel Fund to provide better financial support for families of young cancer patients travelling to and from hospital for vital treatment.

We need to keep up the pressure on the government so we’re asking supporters to email your MP to tell them why a Young Cancer Patient Travel Fund is so important.

Please email your MP today

With our Cancer costs campaign we want to change the price tag and ease the financial burden on families. Our campaign focuses on these four main elements:

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

We asked the government to provide better financial support for families of young cancer patients travelling to and from hospital.

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Young cancer patient, Eliza, and her mum, waiting at the train station

Fundraising materials

Everything you need to start fundraising for CLIC Sargent, from sponsorship forms to posters to fundraising ideas.

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Abigail (right), a young cancer patient, holding hands with her sister

Research

Research projects which aim to improve the lives of young cancer patients and their families.

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