Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Supported by: dayinsure,com ltd

Description

Children’s cancer charity, The Joshua Tree was founded in 2006 by Lynda and David Hill after their son was diagnosed with leukaemia and discovered a distinct lack in support services for all family members during the traumatic experience of childhood cancer.

The focus remains at the heart of the charity, to continuing to offer support to the whole family, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, as specifically recognising that post-treatment can be a challenging time, when families are having to adapt to their `new normal` and the charity offers support to help bridge the gap that’s left when the safety net of treatment ends.

The Family Support Team are dedicated to working closely with families to the charity in recognising that every family’s cancer journey is unique, tailoring the services to suit the family’s specific needs, by means of emotional, academic and practical support, such as counselling, art and play therapy, health and wellbeing advice, support in and around the home and educational tutoring where required.

To date, 115 families have been referred to The Charity, of these, 27 were referred during 2017-18 with 1414 family support sessions provided.

The Joshua Tree’s new fit-for-purpose Support Centre is being built in response to the growing demand for the charity’s support service from North West families affected by childhood cancer. Due to be completed in 2019, the centre will provide an appropriate environment for families, accommodating children of all ages from toddlers through to teenagers and will feature a multi-functional activity room, counselling suites, soft play and sensory equipment, a games room, office facilities, an outdoor play area and landscaped gardens.

Lynda Hill, CEO and Founder of The Joshua Tree commented: “Providing our families with a safe and appropriate environment with a range of indoor and outdoor activities designed to stimulate the children, will allow the family to experience much needed quality time together away from the confines of hospital treatment.”



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The Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree are a fantastic charity doing vital work for families affected by childhood cancer across the North West. We have supported the charity with a London to Paris cycle challenge of which the team at Dayinsure are incredibly proud of and would like to continue support making a difference

Location: North West, UK