Christmas is a magical time for families from Dorset to enjoy all the lovely things about the festive season – from decorating the tree to visiting Santa’s Grotto to spending time with your loved ones.

But when you’re a child going through cancer treatment, that’s all at risk.

I work and volunteer for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and we’ve kick-started our Christmas campaign this December to highlight how cancer can cost children their Christmas.

We are now asking the public for their support so that we can be there for these families helping to keep them together this festive season, and beyond.

With the community’s support, donations will help fund CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home service, which provides free accommodation for families near hospitals, so they can be close to their child whilst facing cancer this Christmas.

Your support will also mean CLIC Sargent social workers, based in hospitals and out in the community can be there to provide practical, emotional and financial support.

As well as donating, there are other ways the community can support children and young people with cancer this Christmas, from collecting stamps to visiting the charity’s online shop for Christmas shopping.

As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to say a personal thank you to everyone in the community who has supported CLIC Sargent this year. Your help and generosity means CLIC Sargent can continue to be there for more children and young people from Dorset facing cancer.

To donate to CLIC Sargent’s Christmas appeal and for more information, visit, call 0300 330 0803 or text GIVE to 70300 to donate £5.

Liz Blunt

CLIC Sargent fundraising engagement manager for Dorset