We posted previously about supporting charities and a theme seems to be developing whereby we’re plugging charities that focus on children. As a parent myself, it seems only natural – their well-being and quality of life should come before ours. Any good parent would donate their heart and sacrifice their own life to ensure their child can live on and make a life of their own. No parent should survive their children.
Cancer and blood disease are something I’ve mainly read about, no one close to myself has suffered from either disease. I know people who have had it affect their lives in terms of friends and family of theirs that have suffered and in some cases, passed away as a result.
LATCH is a charity based in Wales, helping children and their families through the tumultuous times that the news of cancer/leukaemia (and a variety of other diseases) can cause. Here’s a snippet of the history of LATCH:
LATCH was formed in 1982 by a group of families and friends who recognised that the children diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia and their families not only needed medical support, but also social and welfare support to ease the huge financial and emotional burden placed on families with a child on treatment. At that time, the Children’s Oncology Unit was based in Llandough Hospital.
We will be supporting Alun, whose eldest daughter was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia in April 2013. Alun will be embarking on a remarkable journey to raise money for LATCH. Alun will be trekking Mount Kilimanjaro (no mean feat) and he will commence training very soon to undertake this huge endeavour as a way of saying thanks for the support his daughter and family received from LATCH.