|Chairperson: Elaine Lang
|Secretary: Melanie Allen
|Treasurer: Graham O'Hagan
and Family Support Worker: Eddie Hincks
The Liverpool committee from left
to right is as follows: Martin Culley; Eddie Hincks;
Graham OHagan, Melanie Allen, Steve Allcock and
Elaine Lang. (Please Note: We had our Annual General
Meeting in January 2018 and there are a couple of changes
to let you know. We have a new Vice Chair, Andre Cheminais - better known as Chem. We would
like to say goodbye and also a massive thank you to Steve
Alcock, our exiting vice chair, for all his time, effort
and support for CHICS. The meetings will definitely
not be the same without him!! Steve were all going
to miss you. The rest of the committee remains the same.)
As we have many new
CHICS members, we thought it would be a good idea to tell
you more about ourselves:
His son Tom was diagnosed with ALL at age 2 and he
finished treatment aged 5 in February 2015. Martin has
been raising money for CHICS since 2012.
Ed joined CHICS in 1991 when his son Colin, then
aged 12 was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Colin
is now a 38 years old father.
Graham OHagan His son Ben was diagnosed with
ALL at almost age 14. Ben is now 20 and is at university
in Sheffield studying Biochemistry.
Joined CHICS in 2011 after her son Ben almost aged
4 was diagnosed with ALL. Ben is now nearly 10.
Andre Cheminais - Chem is dad to Mark who was diagnosed
with a brain tumour in April 2005. Mark is now a
strapping 15 year old who supports Liverpool and attends
Sacred Heart School, Crosby.
Her son (another Ben!) was diagnosed at 14 months
old with a brain tumour. Ben is now 14.
Meetings are normally held
the second Tuesday of each month at 8.00pm at Ronald
McDonald House. Everyone is welcome, it is informal and
very friendly, so why not give it a try. Our next meeting
will be on the 13th
olds & Teenagers:
siblings age 10-12, are eligible to join the 10-12 group.
They are supervised by CRB checked adults and would give
them a chance to get to know each other having lots of
fun at the cinema, bowling and many other events. If you have a child in this age
group and think they may be interested in attending then
please call the office and leave their names.
If any of your children (patient or
siblings) are 13 or over, they are eligible to join the
teenage section of CHICS. The emphasis is on fun and
being with children who find themselves in similar
These group meet every few
months (no parents) and go on trips to places like the
cinema, crazy golf, bowling, trampolining, Go-Karting,
days out and meals out. If you think your child would be
interested in joining either of these groups, please e-mail
your name, age of child and mobile number to be added to
the group. For all current members of either group, could
you also e-mail your name and mobile number as in future
when we are organising trips out, we will do this via
text / e-mail if required.
We are looking to resume
the Liverpool section bereavement group. If you are
interested in attending, please contact the office.
CHICS have a bereavement
book which is kept in the Alder Centre. If anyone
requires a form to place an entry in the book, please contact the office.
Eddie will be in clinic on
Wednesday and Thursday, and will be in the CHICS office
on Tuesday and Friday. Eddie doesnt work on a
Monday. Also, could I point out
that the messages left on the office answer machines are
picked up every day, so unless its a real emergency
could we ask you not to ring Eddie at home, leave a
message on the phone and we will get back to you.
"No More Paper
Newsletters". We were
wasting far too much time and money (approx. £1000 a
year) sending out paper newsletters. In this day and age,
there are more efficient, faster and less costly ways to
view the newsletter so we took the decision not to
produce any more paper newsletters. If you would like to
receive the Liverpool CHICS newsletter by e-mail please
provide us with your e-mail address by e-mailing Eddie.
We have a new Facebook page to try
and raise our fundraising profile it is called
CHICS Liverpool. This is a public page that you can share
with your friends and family. We would love to receive
any photos to post on this page so that we can show the
public what a unique charity we really are. Please e-mail
any photos you wish to be published to Melanie.
What Do You
Want From CHICS?
We at CHICS would really
like to know what you would like to see the committee
offering by way of support. Would you please e-mail Elaine
with your suggestions. We are a family support group and
we would love to develop this role even further. We are
looking at inviting speakers along to the meetings to
give practical help and advice on anything you would like.
So please think about it and e-mail Elaine
with any idea, it would be great to build up the
attendance of the meetings.
Would you like to be a volunteer
for CHICS, its a great opportunity to meet other
volunteers who give up their free time to support CHICS at events such as fundraising,
manning stalls, bag-packing, helping out at social events,
etc. Please e-mail Eddie or contact the CHICS office if you are interested.
Do we have any parents who
are willing to be CRB checked? This is because we
sometimes require individuals to supervise children on
route to holidays, day trips, holidays etc. If you are
willing please contact
Trips - Get
More Involved With CHICS:
Give us your ideas. Have
any of you had a great day out this year? Would you
recommend it to others? Well we would love to hear from
you. We are constantly on the look out for places to go.
As you can appreciate CHICS has visited many places over
the years, but we are constantly looking for fresh ideas
so please start thinking and contact the office with your ideas. Or
better still come a long to a meeting.
CHICS as a
charity can only grow with your support:
You or a family member may be able
to organise fundraising amongst friends, neighbours or in
the workplace. Ask people you know to remember CHICS - Childrens Cancer Support Group - if they are ever requested to nominate
a charity to receive a donation or funding. Your childs
school may raise funds through a cake bake, non-uniform
day, summer or Christmas fair by having a stall with
tombola, we can also give you CHICS merchandise to sell -
see "Items for Sale" below. Have you got any
ideas how we can do new and exciting fundraising???
We have received our new
stock items for sale and these include pens 60p, trolley coins £1.00, pins
£1.00, mugs £1.50 and T-shirts £3.50 all
with the CHICS logo. If you or any of your family can
sell any items at work or school please contact Eddie at the office. Also, you can not fail to have
noticed how the wrist bands, started by the Lance
Armstrong Foundation to raise money for Cancer Charities
have taken the nation by storm. So we thought we would
have our very own CHICS band done. What we need now are
our members to sell as many as they can, if you are able
to do this contact the office and we will get
these out to you.
CHICS have a supply of collection boxes.
We are requesting member's to go in to their local shops
and ask if they can leave a box to be filled. If you can
place a box please contact Eddie at the
CHICS office. Anyone
who has placed a collection box and has not had it
emptied for a while, could you either chase it up, or let
us know and we can go and empty it.
Talk to be repeated in Liverpool:
Russell Keenan will be repeating his talk on leukaemia
research, locally, nationally and internationally. The
presentation includes details on the children who have
travelled to Seattle for treatment. If you are interested
in this (date to be announced) and couldnt make it
to Bromborough when he did the talk in June, please contact the CHICS office.
Major Buggy for Loan:
If you require the loan of a
Maclaren Major Buggy, please contact Eddie either by e-mail or
If you are unaware of the wish
charities out there, please take a look at http://www.cclg.org.uk/family-focus/useful-links/holiday-and-wish-granting-charities
and contact Eddie if you
need any assistance with applying.
It has been brought to our attention that there are
families who have not been successful in securing places
on trips, this cannot be allowed to continue, so in
future all places on trips will be allocated on the basis
of demand and whether you have been before. When you
phone to book you can leave your details and you will be
contacted if you have secured a place.
Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm -
Wicked at the Liverpool Empire: All tickets £15 each. It is recommended for ages 7+.
Children under 3 years of age will not be admitted. If
you wish to be considered for this, please call or text
Eddie during office hours on 07757404752.
Sunday 25th March - 1-4pm -
Easter Party, Railway Club, Melling: Everyone is invited. Please can you text
or e-mail Eddie with the
names of your children and ages before the first week in
March so we can organise the food and entertainment. You
can also complete this form and e-mail it to Eddie. There
will be an Easter Bonnet competition for the best hat
made by the children (no helping by the adults!!!).
Sunday 15th April at 2pm -
Disney on Ice - Liverpool Echo Arena: All tickets £10 each. If you wish to be considered for
this, please call or text Eddie during office hours on 07757404752.
Offer via Northern Lights:
Do you have a child who will be between 6 and 1/2 to 10
and 1/4 years old and will have completed all treatment
by December 2017? Northern Lights Charity are going to
Lapland for 5 days. Your child will stay at a Manchester
hotel on 14th Dec, then fly to Lapland on 15th to 19th Dec. Patient only, no parents. This is a
wonderful opportunity for your child to experience. If
interested please contact the
CHICS office. Please do not tell your child that they are
definitely going as this is a nomination only at this
Peoples Voice You can make a difference:
Cheshire and Merseyside
Strategic Clinical Networks are keen to ensure that
patients / carers / members of the public are at the
heart of everything they do. They are currently
recruiting to their Peoples Voice database so if
you have an interest in health and care; and live or were
treated in the Cheshire / Merseyside area they would like
invite you to register. You can chose what, and how much
or how little, you get involved with and what that
involvement looks like. For further information, please
contact: email@example.com. You can also register on-line by
following this link http://www.cmscnsenate.nhs.uk/peoples-voice/how-get-involved/
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