Welcome gift for Sheffield children’s charity

Shirley Kilner with Lynn Harrison, fundraising manager at Cavendish Cancer Care
Shirley Kilner with Lynn Harrison, fundraising manager at Cavendish Cancer Care
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CHILDREN whose lives have been affected by cancer will be getting extra support thanks to a donation from a Sheffield charity.

Cavendish Kids, based on Wilkinson street in Sheffield city centre, helps children and young people under 16 who are coping with the diagnosis of cancer in a close family member.

Now the good cause will be able to expand its services through a donation of £500 from Help A Child Have A Chance’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, in association with The Star.

The cash will provide funding to buy books and art equipment, as well as paying for therapists to support children struggling with cancer diagnoses in their families.

The charity was nominated by Karen Codling, trustee and deputy chairman at its parent organisation, Cavendish Cancer Care.

She said: “We believe our service for children who are coping with a diagnosis of cancer in a family member or loved one is unique.

“A number of establishments from the region will see children who have a diagnosis of cancer, but none, to our knowledge, offer a service such as ours.

“For this reason, although our primary catchment area is North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, we have seen children from as far away as Nottingham, Lincoln and Cleethorpes.

“Our children’s service is managed and delivered by an experienced team of two highly qualified and experienced therapists.”

Sessions involve one-to-one discussions with children, during which they can explore their feelings and express any concerns they have.

“We recognise that young people have very different needs,” Karen said.

Help A Child Have A Chance was founded by Shirley Kilner in memory of her late husband, Hallam FM DJ Dave Kilner, and is giving away £10,000 to needy youngsters around the region.

* Visit Help a Child have a chance or Cavendish Cancer Care for details about Cavendish Kids.