The news that a child is seriously ill is difficult enough to cope with, without the situation being made worse with money worries.
We understand that parents often have to leave employment to provide the necessary care that their child needs and, although they are entitled to the same state benefits as other non-working parents, outgoings can soar dramatically and leave some families in dire straits.
Our Care Grants project was put in place to help families in need of financial assistance during their child's treatment.
Care grants are money-gifts which are given directly to families battling the financial side effect of cancer after a child is diagnosed. They can help with anything from travel costs to household expenses, utility bills to extra childcare, specialised equipment such as wheelchairs to necessary home improvements.
What Is The Criteria For Applying?
If your child is under 18 years old and has been diagnosed with or undergone treatment for cancer in the last 12 months, you can apply for support.
All requests will be considered as long as it is shown to be beneficial to your child. However, if you have previously received a care grant or respite break from us, priority will be given to new applicants.
Every application is considered carefully to allow us to support as many children and families as possible in this way.
How Much Can I Apply For?
All initial grant requests are for £250. Please explain on the form how your grant would be used, including any deadlines, and explain how it would benefit the child.
In exceptional circumstances, further grants may be given. If you need further support, please give details.
All grant applications should show how the grant will benefit the child.
Help With Travel Costs
If you or your child is referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by your doctor, dentist or another primary care health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS).
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