Personal Development Grants Programme
Achieving their Potential
In the past year Child Cancer Foundation gave 142 Personal Development Grants to children with cancer, their siblings and parents. These Grants will be used to help them achieve their full potential, and go towards educational or developmental goals.
One grant recipient was Riley, who is eight years old and was diagnosed with cancer when he was just three. Riley had been off treatment for two years but was still struggling to catch-up with his peers after missing a critical learning period at school, when his mum Laura applied for a Personal Development Grant.
“When Riley was going through treatment the last thing on our minds was school work. The focus was on him getting out the other side and being healthy – being normal.
Once his treatment was finished all we wanted was for him to be able to do normal things and to head to school each day with the other kids. He had missed the start of school, but we weren’t so concerned that his educational level would be behind we just wanted him to be happy. It started to become clear to us that the fact he was behind had started to impact his confidence – he had missed too much and just wasn’t able to catch up. We were told by his teacher that he needed extra support in some subjects. It was something we knew had to happen but like so many families we had dropped to one income during his treatment and it was an extra cost.
We applied to Child Cancer Foundation for a Personal Development Grant to help with educational support. And they get it. They know the end of treatment is only the beginning – there can be long-term effects that people who aren’t in it or haven’t been there themselves don’t understand. Riley has been getting extra help through a tutor and already I can see how much happier he is. It was so hard to see him struggling when he had already been through so much.”