The Joshua Tree made its move into North Wales officially in November thanks to secured funding from The Steve Morgan Foundation.
The grant will significantly enhance the support The Joshua Tree offers to families affected by childhood cancers across North Wales.
The £90,000 grant funding will secure a full-time Family Support Worker for three years and will be based out of the new North Wales Family Support ‘Hwb’ in Colwyn Bay, to support families affected by childhood cancers.
Sian Longley, Family Support Lead Wales commented “I began working for The Joshua Tree in September 2018 on a pilot project, supporting families affected by childhood cancers desperately in need of help from across North Wales. Thanks to the Steve Morgan Foundation it is no longer a pilot program and we are fully operational and able to support the increasing number of family referrals from within North Wales, with 1-2-1 therapeutic sessions, peer support group activities and family activities both during and post treatment.”
The focus remains at the heart of the charity, to offer support to the whole family, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, as specifically recognising that post-treatment can be a challenging time, when families are having to adapt to their `new normal`. The charity offers support to help bridge the gap that’s left when the safety net of treatment ends.
Lynda Hill, Mum of Joshua and Founder said “The family need in North Wales has been recognised over a number of years now. Funding provided by Steve Morgan Foundation is an incredible gift that will allow us to offer much needed support to families across North Wales, helping us to continue to reach out to those who have experienced the unimaginable pain that a childhood cancer diagnosis brings. We are all extremely thankful to Steve Morgan Foundation for their generosity.”