Staff at leading Northern Ireland Estate Agency Templeton Robinson are helping families affected by cancer here with a massive fundraising effort which has raised more than £16,000. For every house sale registered with the agency, which has branches in Belfast, Lisburn, Ballyhackamore, Bangor and Holywood, £5 was pledged to the charity along with further funds raised by dog walking, bag packing, car boot sales and marathons.
The money raised will help support vital financial grants that Cancer Fund for Children provides to families, including the Road Miles Scheme, Travel for Treatment and Travel to Daisy Lodge offering practical support to families, and encompassing the wrap-around services Cancer Fund for Children provides. The financial assistance also includes the much needed Home Heating grants that can make a huge difference to those affected.
Home Heating grants are also crucial to families when a child has been diagnosed with cancer. Following such a diagnosis, one parent will usually be forced to give up work to care for their sick child. As a result, the family’s income decreases dramatically. The situation is even worse in lone parent households, reliant on one salary. Worse still, heating bills rocket as the family struggles to keep the family home constantly warm, a necessity for children whose immune system is suppressed and are prone to infection.
Cancer Fund for Children offers families a yearly allowance of £200 towards heating costs, and just a small amount can make a huge difference. Families no longer need to worry about how they will take their sick child to hospital or heat their homes. When they receive the cheque it is as if a weight has been lifted off their shoulders. The family can focus on what really matters - caring for their sick child.
Donella Meade, whose 16-year-old daughter Naomi was diagnosed with cancer aged 11, says the grants are a huge source of support to families like hers.
“Cancer Fund for Children helped us out financially with the Home Heating scheme and the Road Miles scheme…one less thing to worry about when you are missing an income in your home.”
Beth Robinson, Senior Partner at Templeton Robinson says being able to support families like the Meades is the reason staff have gone to so much effort with their fundraising activities.
“Donella and Naomi’s experiences tell the other side of the story of childhood cancer, and of the support that families really need. The team at Templeton Robinson have worked hard to ease the burden on families like the Meades, and are proud have been able to provide such essential, practical help which will and make a real difference.”