Katie's Diary

Billy's House

19th December 2012

Kevin and Betty Willows presented the kind ubu donation to Paula McCann, Deputy House Manager, at Billy’s House.

Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer.

Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and the emotional, practical and financial implications of treatment are intensely challenging for the whole family.

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. They provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. The staff are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.

Billy’s House in Nottingham is named after child cancer survivor Billy Greenall, it is a ‘Home from Home’ for children with cancer and their families.

It is thanks to the incredible hard work of Billy's parents and co-chairs of Billy’s Appeal that CLIC Sargent could raise more than £2million to develop and open this beautiful home in 2009. There are six bedrooms in the large detached property, close to the Queen’s Medical Centre where cancer treatment is carried out. 182 families stayed there in 2011/12 for, on average, 10 days, with some staying up to six months.

Paula was thrilled with the ubu donation and said it will go towards buying some lovely things for the children who stay at Billy’s House to play with.

Billy's House

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