£60,500 raised for children with cancer at The Underglobe!
Over 270 guests from the housing, construction and professional services industries showed their support for World Child Cancer on 2nd March when they attended our fantastic Gala Dinner in aid of children with cancer, and their families in Cameroon.
The event was made possible thanks to our Ambassadors, Mark Everard and Geeta Nanda, and an amazing team of volunteers and supporters who donated auction and raffle prizes. As well as raising vital funds, it has helped increase the profile of World Child Cancer’s work.
The brilliant YolanDa Brown rocked the Underglobe and Boutique Booths ensured that everyone left with a photographic memento.
We look forward to the next Gala Dinner in 2018! In the meantime, keep an eye on Mark and Geeta’s events page to find out about upcoming events.
In Cameroon, it is estimated that 1,000 children develop cancer each year. However, due to a lack of trained staff, costly drugs, a lack of awareness about childhood cancer and the great distances that many families have to travel to hospital, only a small percentage of these children receive a formal diagnosis and even fewer receive treatment. Added to this, many children are dying without effective pain relief.
In the UK, 80% of children with cancer now survive. However, in Cameroon this is around 10%. We need to even those odds! Using tested treatments, and affordable generic drugs, with your help we can get this up to 50-60%.
The funds they raise will:
- Improve diagnosis, treatment and care across 3 hospitals in Cameroon
- Build and equip the Family Homestay for families whose children are being treated
- Refurbish the Inpatient Unit at Mbingo Hospital, improving the quality of patient care
- Raise awareness within communities and the network of traditional healers in Cameroon, so childhood cancer can be diagnosed earlier and appropriate referrals to the hospital made.
- Train more specialist staff – both doctors and nurses – to become paediatric oncology specialists
- Develop an embryonic social investment programme which will support parents to grow food while they are at the hospital. This will not only help feed their children and provide some cash income for them to live on whilst their children are being cared for but, but also teach them new skills. We are currently developing a pig farming programme as well as growing palm oil and maize with parents and aim to build on the success of these initiatives.
- Provide further support and assistance to the 3 parent support organisations that were established to help parents and families through the stress and impoverishment of caring for a child with cancer.
Mark at our House of Lords event in October 2016
Our Appeal Patrons
We are delighted to have the support of the following Appeal Patrons:
- Helen Evans - CEO of Network Housing:
- Keith Exford - CEO of Affinity Sutton:
- Grahame Hindes - CEO of Octavia:
- Sir Bob Kerslake - Chair of Peabody and Lord:
- Carol Matthews - CEO of Riverside Housing:
We are delighted to acknowledge the valued support of the following organisations:
- Inside Housing
- Ocean Media Group Ltd
- A D Construction Group