In Conversation with CLIC Sargent
Luke Mallet, Interim Director of Income and Engagement, explains how CLIC Sargent is responding to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the best ways for volunteers and fundraisers to support the charity during this difficult period.
Cancer doesn’t stop for coronavirus. Parents will still hear the devastating news that their child has cancer every day, children and young people will still be going through brutal treatment and families will still be struggling to make ends meet because of the added financial costs of cancer.
This is why CLIC Sargent’s services are needed now more than ever. Amid the anxiety of a cancer diagnosis and the current pandemic, families and young people are relying on regular contact with their CLIC Sargent social workers for reassurance. Up and down the UK, they are a fighting hard to keep their Homes from Home running as long as it is safe to do so, to offer families a place to stay for free. They have also given out over £83,000 in financial hardship grants to help families and young people since the coronavirus crisis started.
This extra need of support comes as CLIC Sargent faces a major drop in income as many fundraising activities have come to a halt because of Coronavirus. The charity is projecting that income could be reduced by half this year as a result. The charity has also furloughed 32% of their staff and reduced the hours of 36% of their critical workers.
They have launched an emergency fundraising appeal to continue to help young cancer patients and their families in crisis struggling with the huge emotional and financial impacts of Coronavirus.
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