CLIC Sargent Cancer Care for Children


Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. As the UK's leading children's cancer charity, CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all round care and support. They provide the widest range of services and the highest number of care professionals to look after children and young people with cancer and their families. CLIC Sargent was formed in 2005 after a successful merger between CLIC and Sargent Cancer Care for Children. Both had a rich history of excellent care and support and together the charity is stronger and more effective providing more for more children and young people with cancer and their families.


The history


Sargent Cancer Care for Children - founded in 1968 by Sylvia Darley OBE as a lasting memory to the late Sir Malcolm Sargent. CLIC - Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood - founded in 1976 in the South West by Bob Woodward following the death of his young son to cancer.


Charity milestones


1975  Sargent funds first Sargent Care Professional at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool

1981  CLIC opens first Home from Home - CLIC House, Bristol

1994  Sargent develops work with young people and the first teenage group stays at Malcolm Sargent House

2001  £1 million CLIC ward opens at Bristol Children’s Hospital

2005  Spends £8.2 million on Services as CLIC Sargent


Your Donations at work


Along with supporting the child and their family throughout treatment, rehabilitation or bereavement, Sargent also uses the generous donations they receive to bring some laughter into the lives of children who are ill. Read about how your donations are helping to boost morale and help ease the burden of coping with cancer.


Facts About Childhood Cancer



Did you know that every day five young people under 21 are diagnosed with cancer-related illnesses in the UK?

Cancer and leukaemia are the biggest childhood killer diseases in the UK. There are different types of leukaemia and these, together with brain tumours, account for over half of all childhood cancers. Treatment is often long and gruelling and can involve chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, bone marrow and stem cell transplants. Medical advances mean 70% of children with cancer are now cured, compared with less than 30% in 1966. Although some will be left with life-long side effects. Today one out of every 1,000 young adults is a survivor of childhood cancer.

Sargent has helped more than 23,000 children since it was founded in 1968.


Music Therapy is a Hit


A group of young people with cancer from London and Brighton got the chance to record their own songs during a special weekend workshop at Trinity College of Music in London. Lecturers at the College were impressed with the standard of creativity and each young person took home a professional standard recording of their work. According to research, music therapy is beneficial in helping young people to cope with cancer.




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