Being told your child has cancer or another life-limiting condition is devastating, and can turn the lives of the whole family upside down.
Momentum was founded to fill a much-needed gap in the Surrey and South-West London area, providing support to the entire family during times of unimaginable strain. Their main aim is to ensure that no family has to cope alone during their child’s illness.
Thanks to your support, Global’s Make Some Noise will fund respite breaks for around 150 families at the charity’s holiday homes in the New Forest.
During treatment, organising a normal family holiday can become a logistical, financial and emotional upheaval for families, but through Momentum, this become much more flexible and provides a vital chance to relax together.
Momentum has been providing support to the Creaser family since their daughter, Taylin, was diagnosed with cancer at just 20 months old. As well as providing emotional support, and music therapy for Taylin, the family has also made use of the holiday homes. Mum, Terri, said:
“We could never have afforded a family break at this time. It was exactly what we needed at the end of such a traumatic experience. We all felt so relaxed after spending time there and actually, without that break, I do feel that I may not have found the strength to move forward positively after cancer.”
Even now, nearly two years into Taylin’s remission, Momentum is still there to support the family. Terri, continued:
“You can never predict how much a cancer diagnosis can affect your whole world. Momentum are just a pillar of strength and helped us find our feet yet again. I will be grateful always.”
You can find out more about Momentum here.