Children’s cancer charity, The Joshua Tree continues to support families across North Wales thanks to secured funding from The Gwynt y Môr Community Fund.
The grant will significantly enhance the support The Joshua Tree offers to families affected by childhood cancers across North Wales.
The Joshua Tree has been a provider of bespoke programmes of support to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of all immediate and extended family members who are affected by childhood cancers, across North-West England and North Wales for more than 16 years.
Founded in 2006 by Lynda and David Hill after their son was diagnosed with leukaemia, the family discovered a distinct lack in support services for all family members during the traumatic experience of childhood cancer.
The £47,242.00 grant funding will provide security for the support service delivery across North Wales and from a Family Support ‘Hwb’ in Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, to support families affected by childhood cancers.
Danielle Percival, Joshua Tree Family Support Manager commented “Thanks to Gwynt y Môr Community Fund Foundation we able to support the increasing number of family referrals from within North Wales, with 1-2-1 therapeutic sessions, peer support group activities and family activities both during and post treatment.”
The focus remains at the heart of the charity, to offer support to the whole family, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, as specifically recognising that post-treatment can be a challenging time, when families are having to adapt to their `new normal`. The charity offers support to help bridge the gap that’s left when the safety net of treatment ends.
Rich Driffield, CEO of The Joshua Tree said “The family need in North Wales has been recognised over a number of years now. Funding provided by The Gwynt y Môr Community Fund is a contribution that will allow us to continue to offer the much-needed support to families across North Wales, helping us to continue to reach out to those who have experienced the unimaginable pain that a childhood cancer diagnosis brings.”
Neil Pringle, Gwynt y Môr Community Fund Manager commented “Gwynt y Môr is delighted to have been able to support The Joshua Tree Children’s Cancer Charity. At a time of immense stress and worry for families it is reassuring to know there are organisations such as The Joshua Tree on hand to help. We wish them every success with this project and are grateful for the excellent service they provide across our communities.