Myself and a few girlfriends walked the walk (not all of it I have to admit) this morning for World Child Cancer – a very small, but significant charity raising money for children with cancer in developing countries. Even small donations make a difference. In sub-Saharan Africa a donation of £50 will pay for life saving drugs to cure a child. On average the treatment they fund costs less than £1K per child, compared to treatment costing £150K in Europe or £300K in the US.
For any parent, having a child diagnosed with cancer is devastating. For many parents in low and middle income countries the diagnosis is made even worse as survival rates are far lower than they should be and children are dying without effective pain relief. World Child Cancer is the only UK charity working to improve diagnoses and treatment for children, so I was very happy to go along, even if they did make me put on an orange t-shirt.
The Deputy Mayor of Richmond was there (who I used to go to school with in Hong Kong) with his wife and Zac Goldsmith, the MP for Richmond blew the starting horn. I wanted to thank him on behalf of 38 Degrees as he blocked the upcoming Gagging law, but mainly I wanted to ask him what he thought about his sister’s new boyfriend, but didn’t get a chance….I did get a photo with him though:-
I’ve given us all an overly orange glow just to add to the ambience – here I am with Alison Ogden Newton, CEO of the charity, Zac Goldsmith and Anne Speak, the wife of the Deputy mayor:-
For further information check out the website here. They are about to be supported by the Financial Times as a new emerging charity so watch this space as they grow:- www.worldchildcancer.org
Thank you so much Lucy for joining us, it was kind of you to show your support and allow us to make you join our army of oompa loompa’s. I though Zac’s short speech was inspiring and was really touched to what extent the lovely folk of Sheen turned out to walk for children with cancer whom they will never meet.
As you said we are a small charity where event the smallest acts of fundraising goes a very long way.
I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday as did the staff team who do so much to generate the income that supports our hospitals.