The Charities

JDRF is the type 1 diabetes research charity responsible for funding and coordinating ground breaking clinical studies around the world. In Scotland, which has the third highest incidence of type 1 diabetes in the world, JDRF-funded research projects are being undertaken in Edinburgh and Dundee. More than 29,000 people in Scotland live with the condition and numbers are increasing at a rate of about four per cent each year, particularly in children under five. This autoimmune disease is not a condition linked to lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise – only research will find the cure. JDRF is working to capitalise further on Scotland’s expertise in biotech and life science sectors in order to find that cure.

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Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places of great support to cancer patients and their families. Professional staff are on hand to help both patients and carers who are facing the tough questions, exhausting treatments and difficult emotions that cancer can bring. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and now has 21 centres across the UK. Last year, Maggie's welcomed over 200,000 visitors and it expects that number to increase substantially over the next three years. The service Maggie’s provides is funded entirely by voluntary donations. 

 

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Seamab care for and educate vulnerable children aged between five and thirteen who have complex needs. They provide a unique service in Scotland and are nationally recognised for their specialist work with children. Seamab believe that children can heal, grow and learn, even when they have experienced severe trauma and loss. Their role is to provide the support and opportunities that make this possible. Each child at Seamab is supported by a group of adults who work together to plan how best to meet the child’s needs and support them to fulfil their potential. They help the children begin to believe in themselves and develop trust in others again. 

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Today, 12 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams around the country step in and are ready to help, support and guide. They provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and their family, with social workers and specialist nurses on hand with professional help when needed. In addition, financial support can be offered through grant schemes that can help towards the immediate costs of cancer such as travel costs to and from appointments as well as providing financial support to a family when a child dies from cancer.

Often full cancer treatment cannot be given out with the main treatment centres in Glasgow & Edinburgh, so for families who live further afield, CLIC Sargent offers a ‘Home from Home’ just a stone’s throw from the hospitals themselves. These are havens for parents and families during treatment, reducing the financial cost and emotional strain of cancer by allowing them all to stay together during the toughest times.

CLIC Sargent’s vision is that everyone under 25 with cancer, and their families, will get the support and help they need during their cancer treatment and beyond.

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