Since 1978 the gold ribbon and gold light have been the symbols representing the world’s youngest cancer patients and honouring their courageous struggle against childhood cancer. The gold ribbon is now the official symbol of childhood cancer and is recognised and promoted by charities, organisations, families and friends all over the world with a host of buildings across the UK being lit up gold to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Momentum, who supports children with cancer across SW London and Surrey, has a host of golden events throughout the month, including street collections and a Gold Boat Cruise.
Momentum is aiming to raise £5,000 through the Go Gold campaign which could pay for the transformation of a treatment room in a local hospital’s children’s ward, or send 15 families on an amazing respite holiday to one of Momentum’s New Forest holiday homes.
The Mayor of Kingston, Cllr Geoff Austin, who has chosen Momentum as his Charity of the Year, is inviting people to join him on a fun-filled Gold Cruise with live music, food and bubbly, on the Thames on Friday 30th Sept and Momentum will also hold street collections handing out gold balloons in exchange for a small donation. For tickets contact the Mayor’s Office on 020 8547 5030.
Almost 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. Treatment is a long and gruelling journey and can often involve months and even years of chemotherapy, tests and long stays in hospital.
Charity director Bianca Effemey said: “When the unthinkable happens we are there to support families through the toughest time of their lives. Whether that’s providing emotional support or respite breaks on our boat or at one of our holiday homes, Momentum is there to support families for as long as they need us.”
In addition to its Family Support Programme including therapy services and counselling, Momentum also works with local hospitals refurbishing wards to improve the healing environment.
The charity has a whole host of ideas of how to get involved in this awareness and fundraising campaign, from decorating your office with gold balloons to holding a gold-themed fancy dress party. To donate to this worthwhile cause please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/gogold