What we do
The P.D.C.C.F. organises regular events throughout the year for local families. These events include a weekend break to Center Parcs, Longleat and family tickets to attend a local pantomime, usually at Poole Lighthouse Theatre, in December each year.
During 2017 there has also been a Christmas meal held at a local Polish restaurant and a trip to Poole lighthouse for a Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performance (mini BSO). These events can provide a welcome break for the whole family and for a while enables the family to forget about blood tests, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hospital appointments.
In addition to the larger group activities the charity supports individual families at times of need, helping in the purchase of essential household items or helping out when there are transport difficulties; The P.D.C.C.F. also helps the hospital with the purchase of equipment (for home and hospital use), mini ipads; games and other activities for the use of children in hospital or when they are unwell at home.
A popular purchase as been “Beads of Courage”. Beads of Courage are supplied by another charitable organisation for children undergoing treatment for cancer but the P.D.C.C.F. purchases sibling beads of courage to recognise the difficulty a cancer diagnosis has on the whole family.
The charity aims to support the local hospital team and in so doing helps to support the local children and their families at the time of a cancer diagnosis, during the treatment and after treatment has been completed.