When children and young people contract cancer medical professionals do their very best to fight the disease and bring them back to health.
But they and their families also have emotional needs which go beyond just hospital care.
The Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children (PASIC) provides vital practical, financial and social support to ensure they do not feel alone during this difficult journey.
PASIC organises various activities, including family fun days, bowling and day trips to amusement parks, to help relieve the pressure.
Leanne Hogan (34), of Forest Avenue, Mansfield, said the charity had proved invaluable to her family.
Her son, six year-old Joe, went through three-and-a-half years of chemotherapy for leukaemia at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre.
“The activities are something he always looks forward to,” said Leanne.
“It is nice to be away from the hospital and see other families you have met again.”
Thankfully, Joe has been cancer free for nine months now.
Leanne added: “Often when you finish treatment a lot of support finishes but with PASIC they continue to offer support and advice.
“It gives newly patients hope when they see children who are in recovery.”
Samantha Spencer, PASIC Coordinator, said: “We currently support over 250 families who rely on our help and look forward to our days out.
“We allow families to maintain their bond in a relaxed atmosphere where no-one is pointed at for looking different and families can enjoy a much needed day out.”
PASIC will be hosting a day of fun activities for up to 150 children and their families at the John Fretwell centre on 27th July.
The charity is appealing for local businesses or individuals to help sponsor the entertainment, room hire and food.
If you think you can help, please phone Samantha on 07874223462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about PASIC please visit www.pasic.org.uk.