Who do we help and why?

Instant financial assistance

Care for Kids North Devon provides instant financial assistance to families that have a child 0-18yrs diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. This includes cancer, a heart condition, head injury, cystic fibrosis or other condition.

Because of North Devon’s rural location, all seriously ill children are now treated in specialist children’s hospitals in Bristol or beyond. For families in North Devon, this means the loss of earnings, subsistence and travel costs for parents traveling and staying in Bristol, Oxford, Birmingham or London.

Care for Kids provides a lump sum to help relieve financial concerns for families in this situation, whilst they adjust to having a very sick child and to having one or more parents away from home.

Family grants

Upon diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, Care for Kids will provide a family with a lump sum, which is currently £800. This is to assist families in the acute stage of a child’s treatment and management of a medical condition, with financial concerns arising through loss of earnings, finding travel expenses, child-care costs and subsistence costs. Each family eligible for the charity’s grant will be asked to complete a simple Grant Application Form which has a few tick boxes to assess a family’s means. Medical staff will assist with providing and completing the Grant Application Form as appropriate.

The Grant is paid by Bank Transfer directly to each family as soon as a signed Grant Application Form has been received, agreeing to our terms and conditions. The Grant Application form must be signed by the child’s Consultant from the Caroline Thorpe Children’s Ward and by another member of medical staff from the ward.

A second financial payment is available of £500. This is for families who have been determined by the trustees as still struggling financially six weeks after the initial payment. The charity liaison officer will follow up each case on an individual basis.