Posted on Thursday 20 April 2023
Softcat partners with Young Lives vs Cancer
IT Infrastructure and Services Provider Softcat has partnered with the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer, Young Lives vs Cancer.
The partnership between Softcat and Young Lives vs Cancer emerged following a selection process by staff. The partnership will run for three years which began in November 2022 and will last until November 2025. Softcat aim to raise £150k per annum for the charity which has had a successful start following a charity ball hosted in November last year, with another planned for May 2024.
Young Lives vs Cancer was nominated by two Softcat colleagues as part of their charity selection process, who have witnessed first-hand the impact the organisation has on young people and their families facing cancer.
Rhys Lawson, Services Sale Director at Softcat said: “We at Softcat are both proud and humbled to announce our partnership with Young Lives vs Cancer. This cause resonates deeply with us, as several members of our Softcat family have been affected by cancer in the last few years. We are eager to channel our whole Softcat love and energy into this collaboration, and together, we’re committed to making a significant impact in the lives of young people battling cancer. Joining forces with Young Lives vs Cancer allows us to support a cause that is truly close to our hearts.”
Liz Lowrey, Strategic Partnerships Lead at Young Lives vs Cancer said: “We’re so grateful to everyone at Softcat for choosing Young Lives vs Cancer as their new charity partner and look forward to working together over the next three years. The cost-of-living crisis is having a huge impact on young cancer patients and families, and money raised from this partnership will make a huge difference to those that Young Lives vs Cancer are there to support.”
Young Lives vs Cancer help children and young people (0-25) and their families to face cancer and everything it throws at them. Their specialist social workers help families from the moment of diagnosis with emotional and financial support from helping to access grants and benefits to liaising with schools and employers, as well as being someone to talk to and to listen to what they need. The charity’s Homes from Home also offer a free place to stay nearby the hospital so families can be together.
The establishment of the Taskforce comes after almost two years of campaigning by Young Lives vs Cancer and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), who together have been calling on UK government to implement a dedicated Children and Young People’s Cancer Plan.
Dominique Davis will take up her new role at the end of January