In 1988 a group of Swansea parents were inspired to support a local family whose trauma of having their 4 year old son Christian diagnosed with neuroblastoma a rare type of cancer, highlighted the lack of support available to any family in a similar situation. They worked together to raise the funds to send Christian and his family on a once in a lifetime trip to Disneyworld Florida before he died in January 1989. Through gaining an understanding of the difficulties in getting enough support, the group of parents decided they needed to continue to help other families and Barbara Thomas agreed to turn her spare bedroom into a base for the group who became established as ‘The Christian Lewis Trust Children’s Cancer Charity’ in honour of Christian, the first child to receive their much needed compassion and help.
Our philosophy of support recognised the need for a more holistic approach to our services and were therefore extended our resources to include Play Therapy and bereavement support for any child affected by cancer and in July 2011 the Charity Commission formally approved the Trust’s change of name to ‘Kids Cancer Charity’ to better reflect the services we offer.
Our origins are still our ethos today; to be able to offer emotional and practical support to children affected by cancer and their families is our privilege.