Thursday 5th April 2012
Parents of children suffering from cancer can get expert advice from a new website.
The Children's Cancer Recovery Project offers advice and support to parents and families whose lives are affected by cancer.
The site, run by the Surrey-based Cancer Recovery Foundation, has been developed using parents' knowledge to provide advice, tips and information alongside details about financial grants.
It features the charity's Hugs The Bear mascot, who wears a bandana to make children feel less self conscious about losing their hair.
Hannah Bellamy, executive director of the foundation, said: "Our experience with the parents of children affected by cancer let us know that they needed their own very specific website; one that focuses on them and their needs.
"The on-going treatment can be an extremely lonely time, but we are here to help. We understand it is hard to deal with feelings, explain things to a sick child and deal with lifestyle changes, tough treatments and extended hospital stays."
The website contains details about emergency grants families can apply for from the foundation and encourages health professionals to learn more about the charity's services to pass on details to parents who need support.
As part of the charity's activities it is sending out Easter gift bags to thousands of children who are due to receive treatment.
For more information visit http://www.childrenscancerrecovery.org.uk.