For those of you who know me, you’ll know that a hat or pair of party glasses is about as fancy dress as I get.
But this Thursday I am changing all that and becoming Mother Christmas for one night only to raise money for World Child Cancer. World Child Cancer, a brilliant organisation, which I have recently joined works to improve the rate of diagnosis, accessibility of treatment and quality of support for children with cancer, and their families, in the developing world.
Nearly 400,000 children worldwide develop cancer each year. If the disease is detected early enough, many of these children can be cured - 80% of children with cancer in high income countries, like the UK, survive. The inequalities are stark - in developing countries, survival rates can be as low as 10%, and often children die without effective pain relief. One reason for this inequality is that many children remain undiagnosed, or are diagnosed too late to be cured, due to a shortage of trained doctors and nurses in-country.
World Child Cancer’s vision is a world where every child, regardless of where they live, receives the best possible treatment and care and is able to realise their ambitions and dreams.
Sponsor me today and give the gift of growing up to help address the disparity of cancer care for children in poorer countries giving children equal access to the best possible treatment and care.