Social distancing, local lockdowns and other restrictions meant PASIC had to rethink how to get together with families over the summer. Packed programmes with outings to a range of attractions had to be cancelled. Not to be beaten, the team got their thinking caps on and rose to the challenge to make sure families still had fun and in August PASIC hit the road with Pop-up-PASIC in Nottingham, Northampton and Leicester.
Pop-up PASIC sessions offered families a chance to touch base with our support workers, have fun choosing take away outdoor activities for home, good old fashioned fun with bubbles, lucky dip and for some a challenge of a game of boules against our team. For many it was a chance to get out of the house safely to meet others, when restrictions were still in place and local playgrounds closed.
Life’s extra tough in a pandemic for families living with childhood cancer, which includes long spells in hospital with a ban on visitors.
‘Life on the ward is so difficult at the moment. Time passes really slowly when you can’t have visitors and there’s nothing to break up the day with the playroom closed and my son doesn’t understand why he can’t play with other children,’ one parent told us.
Parents are telling us children are really anxious and that they think cancer’s stopping them seeing friends and doing nice ‘normal’ things, when in reality it’s due to Covid.
It was great to see children having a good run round, having a play and for parents a chance to catch up and chat with others who understand.