Malcolm Sargent House

Gerry's stay in Ayrshire

The House stands on the edge of the sea in front of a beautiful beach with a view across to the Isle of Arran.  Sargent Cancer Care was set up following Sir Malcolm Sargent's death in 1967.

The House on the beautiful Ayrshire coast first opened its doors 21 years ago to provide holidays for families with a child suffering from cancer. The Charity joined forces with another major charity Cancer and Leukaemia  in Childhood (CLIC) and became CLIC Sargent some years later in 2005.

Various holidays are on offer for children and young people and also for families who have lost a child to cancer.

Referrals are made through social workers who work for CLIC Sargent attached to treatment centres around the country.  ClIC Sargent also accept self-referrals on occasions.

As the House is open 52 weeks a year, young people weeks are very popular and if a young person with cancer is old enough they can attend independently.  Family holidays can also include grandparents who may be playing an active role in supporting the child so it's not just parents who benefit from the holiday.   Each case is considered on its own merits but paramount is the holiday for the child and family. These weeks are valuable for young people because experience has shown that a lot is gained by sharing their feelings with other young people going through similar treatments and experiences as themselves.

Bereavement weeks March, July, September and December for families who have lost a child to cancer are very popular and beneficial.  These weeks offer families an opportunity to informally discuss their loss with other families.  There are no structured group sessions, just informal chats with others going through similar feelings and there is no pressure to talk if you don't want to.  Staff are there but they don't actively run counselling  groups, they are there in a supportive role.   

Daily activities are arranged for all the family and you can dip in and out of these at your leisure.  They have special visitors who attend the House and there are trips out for adventures. Therapies such as Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Shoulder and Back Massage and Reiki are available for adults for a small charge.

Accommodation is ensuite along with 3 home cooked meals a day and supper organised at set times and they accommodate special dietary requirements if needed.  My accommodation looked out to sea and at the Isle of Arran.

The staff and volunteers are always willing to help with any queries and get involved with fund raising for the House which costs in the region of  1/2 million pounds a year to run.  The staff in my opinion were the hub of the house.

If you are a young person under 25 and have cancer and wish to stay at Malcolm Sargent House for a holiday either independently or with your family please contact jacqueline.cunningham@clicsargent.org.uk - if you are a young person under 25 suffering from a malignant brain tumour we can pay for your family holiday at the house, just contact the naseemscharity@manx.net

Please also see www.clicsargent.org.uk

Malcolm Sargent also have a facebook page why not join and support children and young people with cancer!


 
Naseem's Manx Brain Tumour Charity is a registered charity in the Isle of Man: 1046
Registered Office: 3 Orry street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1BW
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