CHECT’s mission is to prevent sight loss and death as a result of the childhood eye cancer, retinoblastoma, and to support those affected by it. They support children diagnosed with the condition, drive earlier diagnosis by raising awareness, and fund research into treatment and care.
CHECT offers lifelong support to anyone affected by retinoblastoma; support workers are there for families attending retinoblastoma clinics for treatment, screening and beyond. The charity also brings together families and individuals who are affected, enabling them to share information and their own experiences.
In 2016, CHECT received a grant of £5,000 to help fund their work supporting children and families affected by retinoblastoma.
Every week a family in the UK is given the heartbreaking news that their baby or child has retinoblastoma. We offer support to all those impacted by this devastating cancer from diagnosis, through childhood and teenage years, and into adulthood.
We’ve been helping families for 30 years, relying completely on voluntary donations to fund our work. This incredibly generous grant of £5,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation helps to ensure that we are there for those who need us, as well as allowing us to further raise awareness of the symptoms of retinoblastoma and enabling earlier diagnosis. This in turn helps to achieve the most positive treatment outcomes.
Around 98% of children will survive retinoblastoma but 70% will lose an eye to stop the cancer spreading. Early diagnosis is vital in order to save a child’s eyes, sight and life. We are so very grateful for this support.
Patrick Tonks, Chief Executive of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust