Hand in Hand Children’s Cancer Charity has launched an urgent appeal for funding due to an unprecedented demand for their services.
Up to 250 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Ireland, of that number 20 per cent will not survive. The incidence of childhood cancer is increasing every year and so funding is essential to meet this growth as the treatment of childhood cancer often extends to years, say Hand in Hand.
Hand in Hand Children’s Cancer Charity is a non-profit organisation based in Galway since 2006 that supports families who are affected by childhood cancer throughout Ireland. Their aim is to alleviate some of the stress, anxiety and practical difficulties faced by families who have a child undergoing treatment for cancer, through the provision of practical support – laundry, childcare, domestic cleaning and meals – and emotional support.
Jennifer Carpenter, Hand in Hand Service Manager said, â€œHand in Hand originally operated in the West of Ireland but due to the sheer demand for our services, we increased geographical coverage in the last 18 months and rolled out our services nationwide. This expansion has put a strain on our already limited resources so now we find ourselves in a situation where we urgently require funds in order to meet this demand or we will have to turn away families.
â€œWe receive absolutely no government funding and rely and operate solely on voluntary fundraising and donations, so we are appealing to the public to give a contribution to help change the lives of families who are affected by childhood cancer.â€
Hand in Hand is the only children’s cancer charity providing ongoing practical and emotional support throughout treatment, which for most children extends to years. They have recently opened Ireland’s first dedicated National Children’s Cancer Support Centre in Oranmore, Co. Galway. Make a donation by logging onto www.idonate.ie/handinhand. Contact iine on 091-483694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on Hand in Hand.
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