Whilst many people know our charity for events like the annual Children’s Cancer Run, or the various fundraising challenges carried out by our community fundraisers and corporate supporters, a lot of what we do happens behind the scenes.
A key part of our work is investing in research, and we do this for a number of reasons. Childrens’ tumours are individually rare, so national and international collaboration is crucial. We help fund clinical trials so children and young people in the North of England can access treatments they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. We also support research that helps make treatments for children less harsh and more effective.
Working in partnership with Newcastle Hospitals Charity and the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre, we have recently helped fund the purchase of a new, innovative piece of equipment that uses light therapy to treat mouth ulcers and inflammation (mucositis) in children – a very common side effect for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.