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News: Rhythm Time helps promote National Yummy Mummy Week

Rhythm Time pre-school music group is working with CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading children's cancer charity to help promote its National Yummy Mummy Week campaign.

In 2006, National Yummy Mummy Week, sponsored by zylom.com, involved about 100,000 mums in fundraising events across the country. Some had coffee mornings at their local nurseries; some did sponsored family events and some invited friends round for an evening of pampering. All of the money raised from the event goes to help children with cancer across the UK and their families.

One Yummy Mummy said, "We held a Pamper and Play event to raise money this year. We asked a hotel to give us a couple of rooms at no cost then turned one of them into a giant play area for the children with ball pit and soft play equipment. We also had a nanny agency who donated six professional nannies to look after the children. In the other room we had a tranquil peaceful area with lots of lovely smells and sounds filled with local professionals offering massage, life coaching, make-up advice and a spinal health check. Parents were therefore able to be pampered to perfection whilst their children had a fantastic time playing and being well looked after. We didn't pay a penny out for anything and got loads of help and support from everyone - a fab day out and a pleasure to organise!"

Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. CLIC Sargent is the only charity that offers them all round care and support. That's because we're there… caring every step of the way:

  • During treatment - specialist nurses, doctors, play specialists, Homes from Home
  • In hospital & at home - specialist social care and family support
  • In the community - specialist youth services, holidays, grants, helpline
  • After treatment - helping survivors, supporting those bereaved, research

CLIC Sargent provides the widest range of services and the highest number of care professionals. Our services are tailored to family-needs, using feedback from our service-users. As advocates we give children, young people and their families a strong national voice, helping them to be heard and understood. Our clinical research looks at ways of improving treatment and managing side-effects, to help patients and to improve quality of life for survivors.

A very special Yummy Mummy
When Claire's son Toby was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on his spine at the age of seven months her world fell apart. Happily, after months of chemotherapy and a major operation Toby, now aged three, is in the clear and getting on with life with the help of his mini Zimmer frame.

'CLIC Sargent has been fantastic,' says Claire. 'We stayed at one of their Homes from Home just near the hospital in Oxford while Toby was having his treatment. It was a lovely house and it meant we could have a break from the hospital.'

Last year, Toby's nursery decided to say thank you to CLIC Sargent by taking part in Yummy Mummy Week 2005. 'They did something different each day of the week,' says Claire.

'They held a chocoholics' evening one night, which all the mums absolutely loved. Another day all the kids and staff went to nursery in fancy dress and one day they put double-sided sticky tape along a corridor and all the parents stuck coins to it. People were so generous and all in all we raised £3,000.

For more information go to http://www.yummymummy.org.uk/

Posted: 8th Jun 2006

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