Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC Sargent and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust launch formal partnership

Three children’s cancer charities have formed a partnership to boost their campaigning and support for young people.

Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC Sargent and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust say the move will “increase their individual impact, reduce duplication” and give them “a shared voice on issues that matter most to children and young people”.

The first joint campaign by Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent is called Hand to Hold to raise awareness of young people with cancer’s experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The link up also sees them share heir distinct specialist services and expertise in cancer care.

While Teenage Cancer Trust provides specialist nursing care and emotional support CLIC Sargent offers a social work service, to help limit the impact of cancer outside of treatment.

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust offers support to cancer survivors through sailing and other outdoor activities.

The partnership follows their involvement in the Children and Young People’s Cancer Coalition, a coalition of 40 charities.

The pandemic has been referenced by the chief executives of all three charities in announcing the partnership.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, “said CLIC Sargent’s chief executive Rachel Kirby-Rider.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that there has never been a greater need for collaboration between charities with shared aims during what has been an extremely challenging time for the sector.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to unite, play to our strengths and, together, reach more children and young people affected by cancer.”

Kate Collins, Teenage Cancer Trust chief executive, said: “After the immediate impacts of the pandemic on all our charities where we all face increased need and dramatically reduced income – it is clear that now is not the time for charities to retreat and compete.

“Now is the time for us to focus on impact and how we best meet the needs of the young people with cancer that we all exist to serve.

Meanwhile, Frank Fletcher, chief executive of Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, said: “Isolation, loneliness, anxiety, anger and fear are all challenges young people, and their families, experience during and after cancer treatment. COVID-19 has amplified each of these to unimaginable levels.

“This partnership will help every young person get the support they need at whatever stage of their treatment and recovery they are at.”

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