Chat to us

All I want for Christmas is to not be in hospital

Cancer takes Christmas from young cancer patients and their families. You can give them Christmas back, so they can spend it together in a place that isn't hospital.

Give a single giftGive monthly

Cancer tears families facing childhood cancer apart. And at Christmas, it can stop them spending time together at home as a family. But everybody needs somewhere to call ‘home’ for Christmas.

When families facing cancer can’t be at home together at Christmas because of their child’s treatment, we can arrange for them to stay in one of our free Homes from Home.​ A place where they can celebrate that isn’t hospital, where their child can forget about cancer. A few days to be together, to be normal. Just like at home.​

You can make sure Christmas isn’t taken away from them.

Give a single giftGive monthly

“All Isla wanted that Christmas was for the four of us to be together.”

“When Isla was two she was obsessed with the Disney film Frozen. We’d even been planning to get her a Queen Elsa costume for Christmas. But then Isla was diagnosed with cancer. Just like that our whole world fell apart.

“She needed a bone marrow transplant and had to start really strong chemotherapy right away. The side effects were awful; she was too weak to travel home to Plymouth (a really stressful four-hour round trip from Bristol, where the nearest children’s cancer hospital was).

“All I wanted that Christmas was for Isla to be well. And then it looked like we wouldn’t even be able to be together on Christmas Day, with Isla and myself on the ward and my partner Dale and one-year-old son Caben stuck in Plymouth as they weren’t allowed on the ward overnight.

“I know it seems like a small thing, but I really wanted to make that one day special for the kids, for all of us to have one ‘normal’ day where we weren’t focusing on cancer.”

“All Isla wanted that Christmas was for the four of us to be together.”

“When Isla was two she was obsessed with the Disney film Frozen. We’d even been planning to get her a Queen Elsa costume for Christmas. But then Isla was diagnosed with cancer. Just like that our whole world fell apart.

“She needed a bone marrow transplant and had to start really strong chemotherapy right away. The side effects were awful; she was too weak to travel home to Plymouth (a really stressful four-hour round trip from Bristol, where the nearest children’s cancer hospital was).

“All I wanted that Christmas was for Isla to be well. And then it looked like we wouldn’t even be able to be together on Christmas Day, with Isla and myself on the ward and my partner Dale and one-year-old son Caben stuck in Plymouth as they weren’t allowed on the ward overnight.

“I know it seems like a small thing, but I really wanted to make that one day special for the kids, for all of us to have one ‘normal’ day where we weren’t focusing on cancer.”

“Our amazing Young Lives vs Cancer Social Worker Anna arranged for us to stay at one of the charity’s Homes from Home, CLIC House, in Bristol. There are 10 of these across the UK and they’re all close to hospitals, where the majority of treatment takes place. Families can stay at the Homes from Home at no cost while their child is having cancer treatment.

“CLIC House is where all four of us, including Isla, spent Christmas Day together. In the middle of our worst nightmare, we were able to have Christmas as a family, in a place that felt like ‘home’. It was just what we needed. It meant the world.”

Amanda, Isla’s mum

“Our amazing Young Lives vs Cancer Social Worker Anna arranged for us to stay at one of the charity’s Homes from Home, CLIC House, in Bristol. There are 10 of these across the UK and they’re all close to hospitals, where the majority of treatment takes place. Families can stay at the Homes from Home at no cost while their child is having cancer treatment.

“CLIC House is where all four of us, including Isla, spent Christmas Day together. In the middle of our worst nightmare, we were able to have Christmas as a family, in a place that felt like ‘home’. It was just what we needed. It meant the world.”

Amanda, Isla’s mum

Your donation will give families facing cancer their Christmas back.

Our Home from Home teams go above and beyond every year to make Christmas for families staying at the Homes as special as possible: there are decorations up everywhere, a tree with twinkly lights, boxes of chocolates, mince pies.

They give families a few days where their child can forget about cancer. Time to be together, to be normal. Just like at home. Your kind gift will give more families like Isla’s their Christmas back during the toughest time of their lives.

Give a single giftGive monthly

Other ways you can help this Christmas

Get a head start on your Christmas cards! Choose from our fantastic range.

Have a browse

Get fundraising

Get into the festive spirit with our super-cute pin badges.

Take me there