Our Chosen 2019 Charity
In 2018, Kwik Fit formed a charitable committee with the goal of naming and raising funds for a charity partner each year. Kwik Fit technicians and colleagues across our centres and offices voted for Children with Cancer UK to be our chosen charity partner for 2019. It’s a cause close to our hearts and our teams felt strongly about the injustice of cancer in children. We want to actively raise money towards vital research and care so that one day, every child can survive cancer.
Our £1 million Goal
Throughout 2019 our team will be running, cycling, walking, swimming, baking and waxing (ouch!) their way to a goal of raising £1 million for Children with Cancer UK. Whether it be by running the London Marathon and the Great North Run, or taking part in a nationwide cycling relay race between Kwik Fit centres that we like to call ‘The Tour De Branch’, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve for the coming year. Plus, with over 5,000 passionate members of staff raising money across the country we’re confident we can do it and make a real difference to children’s lives.
About Children with Cancer UK
As the UK’s leading national children’s charity dedicated to research into cancer in children and young people, Children with Cancer UK’s primary goal is to improve the lives of young patients today and fund research for future generations.
Every year, 4,500 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK, that’s an average of 12 families every day who receive the distressing news that their child has cancer. Children with Cancer UK aims to improve survival rates and the quality of survival in young cancer patients so that more children with cancer can ring the end of treatment bell. It actively raises and invests money in specialist research to help understand why children develop cancer, establish where prevention is possible and one day save the life of every child diagnosed.
Learn more about Children with Cancer UK.
Where Your Donation Goes
We share Children with Cancer UK’s belief that families should be provided support and be kept together during their child’s treatment. That’s why we are helping the charity to raise funds for a new £5m family accommodation wing at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The new wing will allow parents to stay with their child during treatment where they would otherwise usually incur expensive travel and hotel bills. The accommodation unit would also be used by patients at the Christie Hospital, also in Manchester, which is particularly important as one of the first to offer Proton Beam Therapy to UK patients, a process that uses lower dosages than conventional radiotherapy, therefore presents less risk and long term effects to children. Families travel far and wide for treatment at the two Manchester hospitals so the new accommodation will provide them with a place to stay close to their children during treatment.
Children with Cancer UK - Keeping families together
Real Life Success Stories
The ultimate goal of Children with Cancer UK is to see more children ‘ring the bell’ to mark the end of their cancer treatment. Here are just a few of the stories of children who have thrived with the charity’s support. Meet Bella-Rose and Josh, two of the heroes and heroines Children with Cancer UK has helped.
In 2015, aged 3, Bella-Rose was diagnosed with cancer of the blood known as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). Bella-Rose received intense chemotherapy but a year before her treatment was due to be completed, she sadly relapsed and, as a result, needed a bone marrow transplant. Thanks to the support of Children with Cancer UK, Bella-Rose was able to ring the end of treatment bell in October 2016 and is now enjoying being a normal and happy little girl, attending school with her friends. Bella-Rose will require regular appointments until she is 20 years old but every year she grows stronger and her chances of survival improve.
“I was in total disbelief when she was diagnosed with cancer, we have only started to get our lives back after a long three year battle. No child should suffer like she did, with all the effects of the treatment. Help fund better treatment options and kinder treatments so children don’t have to suffer as much as she did.”
Abbie (Bella-Rose’s Mum)
At age 3, Josh was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma, a very aggressive cancer of the lymphatic system. Josh was admitted to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where he underwent an intensive treatment of chemotherapy. During treatment, Josh suffered with acute mucositis with ulcers all over his mouth and throughout his body. Josh was unable to eat or drink had to be “fed” through his Hickman line via TPN (total parenteral nutrition) which was able to provide him with the nutrients his body needed. Having rung the end of treatment bell in July 2014, Josh is now officially four years in remission and is able to live a happy normal life.
“We are so proud and feel very blessed and very lucky that after everything he has been through, Josh is able to live life to the full and we all treasure every single minute.”
Jane (Josh’s Mum)
How You Can Help
You can join us in supporting Children with Cancer UK by donating £1 when you buy any product or service online at kwik-fit.com. You’ll be asked if you would like to make a donation when you check out. It’s completely optional but in doing so you will be helping Children with Cancer UK to provide support to patients like Bella-Rose and Josh and help fund the new family accommodation unit at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Alternatively, you can make a donation and read our fund raising stories on our Everyday Hero Page.