When you hear the frightening news that your child has cancer or a life threatening illness, your whole world may feel like it’s falling apart and normal family life as well.
Here at PASIC we want to make sure you don’t feel alone. We’re on hand to listen and help. We have an understanding of what you’re going through – our team members have had similar experiences and as a charity we’ve offered support to families living with childhood cancer in the East Midlands for over 40 years.
Contact our Family Support Workers and we’ll do our best to help you:
- Nottingham 07874 223462 – Email our Support Worker
- Leicester 07708 327976 – Email our Support Worker
Your child will probably need to spend some time in hospital during their treatment. The PASIC team know how difficult this can be so we’ve got together with parents who’ve been through the same experience to help you by sharing their top tips.
Looking after a seriously ill child can cause unexpected expenses and difficulties. If you’re finding it hard making ends meet as a result of your child’s illness get in touch with a PASIC family support worker about financial support we may be able to offer.
Help with your hospital stay
If you live a long way from your treatment centre it’s always helpful to know what facilities are available as well as places to go when you’re child’s well enough to get off the ward, where to stock up on food locally transport and what practical facilities are available. Take a look at our Practical Information for families staying at Nottingham Children’s Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary. Please text or call our Family Support Worker if you need any non-medical practical advice about staying in hospital or if you feel you’d like a chat or for them to pop along to your child’s bedside.
Getting out and about
Our free trips for all the family, siblings and parents too, aim to help you have fun as a family – a chance to feel ‘normal’ again. At a time when outings may not top of your list, our fun trips provide a little welcome relief for all the family at no cost to yourselves.
Short breaks and holidays
Holidays and breaks away can be difficult to plan when your child is on treatment and always in and out of hospital. We can put you in touch with a network of free short breaks, whose providers understand you may need to cancel at the last minute.