Diana from the Parents with Cancer charity (charity number XT32989) has asked to do a guest post to highlight the charity
In the wake of everything that has happened over the last few years – coping with my cancer diagnosis and recovery and becoming a new mum at the same time, I decided to set up a charity called Parents with Cancer to help local parents who find themselves in a similar situation.
Treatment and recovery from cancer can take months and sometimes years, during which time people may not be able to work or fully look after their children. Our charity aims to help these parents with the cost of their childcare during this time. This could be as simple as a childminder or ‘mothers help’ for the few days after chemo when you can barely take care of yourself, or a day in nursery while the parent attends hospital appointments. Someone just to do the school run, or a nanny to look after your children when you have to stay as an inpatient. We are hoping to ease the burden, just a bit, for those who need it.
Over the years many of you have asked if there is anything you can do to help. Yes please, I’d love as much help as I can get.
- You can sponsor my first 10k since diagnosis here – www.virginmoneygiving.com/dianahodgson10k There certainly won’t be a personal best setting time, but I’m determined to make it to the finish!
- You can set up sponsorship for your own event at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and raise money for Parents with Cancer as we are now set up on the Virgin Giving system.
- If you are feeling generous on a monthly basis let me know and I can email you a standing order form to fill out and send back to me to give the charity a fixed sum each month.
I would appreciate any help that you can give us in any way. The last few years have been horrible, but I really can’t imagine how much worse they could have been if we had had to worry about who was going to look after Alfie, how David would have carried on working if we couldn’t afford childcare, or if I had been a single parent struggling on my own.
If you have any questions, or want any more information about what we are up to, just ask – I’ve got a lot of free time at the moment!
Thank you all so much