Graham Precey, Chair of Trustees at Ski 4 Cancer’s parent, the 4 Cancer Group, explained “For ten years now the 4 Cancer Group has been helping British families living with cancer. A large part of our work focuses on providing holidays for families where a family member is terminally ill or after a loved has died. We believe passionately in what we call the 'Power of the Holiday'.”
Precey continued “We have been greatly impressed with the work the Caring Cancer Trust has been doing in recent years. They have become a specialist in the provision of respite holidays for children recovering from cancer and because many of the families we help include a young family member, we can combine forces and have a greater impact. Whereas we provide services for the entire family, the Caring Cancer Trust helps children to rebuild their confidence after treatment”.
In a show of support for Caring Cancer Trust’s work with children, Ski 4 Cancer recently made a grant to pay for two children to attend the Caring Cancer Trusts’ 2012 Alpine Snowkids Camp in La Plagne, France. The Alpine Snowkids and Summerkids projects, which was launched in 2009 with the help of VOS Media, now helps about 40 children recovering from cancer every year. Ski 4 Cancer intends to contribute funds every year, enabling the Caring Cancer Trust to expand this programme to bring the gift of an alpine respite holiday to as many children as possible.
Commenting on the partnership, Ian MacWatt, Hon.Executive Chairman of the Caring Cancer Trust said "Given that our two charities offer complimentary services, it makes sense for us to work together wherever possible. I would like to thank the team at Ski 4 Cancer for their grant and we look forward to developing a closer working relationship with Ski 4 Cancer and some of its sister charities. We are already planning some joint sailing projects for children this summer, with Ski 4 Cancer's sister charity - Sail 4 Cancer."
For more information visit Ski 4 Cancer at http://www.ski4cancer.org or Caring Cancer Trust at http://www.caringcancertrust.com
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ABOUT SKI 4 CANCER
As its name suggests, Ski 4 Cancer uses the alpine environment as both a vehicle for fundraising and convalescence. Run by a dedicated Committee of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Ski 4 Cancer works with a wide range of snow sports specialists to provide alpine respite holidays in some of the most beautiful mountain resorts around the world. The charity also makes grants to palliative care centres and promotes research into the effects of exercise on both cancer prevention and recovery.
Part of the wider 4 Cancer Group, Ski 4 Cancer’s alpine respite programmes give families living with cancer something to look forward to at the end of arduous treatment schedules. They also give families the chance to spend quality time together and provide precious memories. Such trips also help the recently bereaved come to terms with their loss and give them something to focus on in the months after a loved one has died.