We offer financial support in terms of travel grants to get parents to and from treatment if their child is in hospital away from home. We provide grants to families who need support to make family life easier. We’ve provided everything from a new washing machine, to heating grants to keep children warm during the winter months, to driving lessons for a Mum to help her get to the hospital. Whatever families need, we aim to support them.
TCCL supports all children and young people under 18 years old, who are diagnosed with any type of cancer or leukaemia and who live in Tayside or NE Fife (KY13 to KY16 postcodes), from diagnosis till 3 years after the completion of their treatment.
Where TCCL has given grants to repair a parent / guardian’s private car, undertake driving lessons and successfully pass the 2-part driving test it would be expected for the family to use their own car in the first instance.
Where patients are on treatment and paediatric oncology staff advises against public transport patients with no access to a private car may approach their social worker and ask to apply for assistance in getting to and from Ninewells.
Where “out of area” treatment is undertaken usually in Edinburgh or Glasgow Children’s Hospitals a mileage allowance can be claimed from the NHS. Should circumstances be difficult for a family paediatric oncology staff and your social worker can engage with TCCL to look at top up grants to assist with the burden that this extra travelling brings.
Follow-up appointments post treatment. Should paediatric oncology advise against public transport patients with no access to a private car may approach their social worker and ask to apply for assistance in getting to and from Ninewells.
Late Effects Clinic appointments. When attending these clinics patients will be expected to make their own way to and from Ninewells or other local in region (Tayside & NE Fife) NHS facility.