Friday 30th September 2016
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2016
Now children under 16 with any type of cancer requiring treatment can benefit from gift packs
This initiative, which is brought to you by Macmillan and the Tom Grahame Trust, brings a smile to the faces of children with cancer at an otherwise difficult time. It was inspired by the story of Tom Grahame, whose face would light up when he received a present during his treatment for a brain tumour.
Once an application form is completed by the child’s parent or carer and their supporting health and social care professional, a pack is sent in the post to the child. Tom’s Gift packs contain a £30 Debenhams gift voucher, a small mystery present and a letter for their parent or carer which lets them know about Macmillan’s further support.
Kian, who received his Tom’s Gift pack in 2015, wrote a letter to say, ‘I used the voucher to get some new clothes for going out with my friends. It’s nice that charities are supporting children like me.’
Macmillan Paediatric Radiographer Mark Williams praised the initiative, saying, ‘I have first-hand experience of seeing how having a child diagnosed with cancer can affect the whole family. Anything like Tom’s Gift which can bring a smile or a little bit of excitement and help children and their parents focus on something positive is very worthwhile.’
If you work with families or carers of children with cancer, please tell them about Tom’s Gift and support their applications. Download application forms and posters for waiting rooms by visiting macmillan.org.uk/tomsgift