Client Spotlight: Jack’s Journey

On 9th April 2016 Jack Gibson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, requiring over three years of intensive treatment. 12 months into this process Jack and his family have received overwhelming support from various charities including CLIC Sargent and The Sick Children’s Trust. CLIC Sargent provided the family with a social worker to help them navigate this difficult journey. The Sick Children’s Trust run Crawford house at the RVI, where Jack undergoes regular treatment. Crawford House provides accommodation for families like Jack’s who have to travel long distances to obtain the treatment. This allows Jack’s parents and siblings to be close to him when he’s in hospital and spend as much time with him as possible.

As a result of the support they received, Jack’s parents decided to undertake some fundraising for these worthwhile charities. But it didn’t stop there. Recognising a gap in support for families in Cumbria, they decided to set up “Jack’s Journey” to help with the financial burden that comes with childhood cancer. This includes money for travel costs, food, car parking, etc.

Their future plans include setting up a static caravan park that is free of charge for affected families, to bring them some much needed time together.

To promote their cause Jack’s Journey ordered some silicone wristbands which are available to purchase on their website and at charity events. They have been customised with the bright, cheerful logo designed for the charity. The heart and sun motifs are parts of the larger logo which represents the journey that families facing childhood cancer face.

For more information visit their website at www.jacksjourney.org.uk. You can also make a donation at www.justgiving.co.uk/jacksjourney-jg.

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