The Brain Tumour Charity (Formerly The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust)

Is the leading brain tumour charity in the UK. It aims to make a real and lasting difference for everyone affected by a brain tumour through funding research to find a cure, providing support to give hope and raising awareness to make a difference.

SDBTT was funded in 1996 by Samantha’s parents after she died from a brain tumour shortly before her 17th birthday. Since then over £10 million has been raised to fund vital research and support. SDBTT is the largest dedicated funder of brain tumour research in the UK, spending around £1 million per year funding top quality scientific & clinical research into childhood and adult brain tumours. They currently fund 20 leading scientists at 10 institutions across the UK, as well as the Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit at UCL Cancer Institute.

(Reg charity number – 1128354)

CLIC Sargent

Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. As the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all round care and support. That’s because they’re there every step of the way. During treatment they provide specialist nurses, play specialists and Homes from Home. In hospital and at home they offer specialist social care and support in the community and provide services for young people, holidays and grants.

CLIC Sargent aims to help as many children and young people as possible survive cancer and make the most of their lives. They help the whole family cope with the trauma of cancer, life after treatment and, in some cases, with bereavement.

(Reg charity number – 1107328)


Ronald McDonald Houses are a “home away from home” for families with children in hospital, somewhere free to stay for as long as they need to. There are currently 14 Ronald McDonald Houses and over 25 sets of Family Rooms across the UK, all just a stone’s throw from the children’s ward. Together, they provide more than 400 rooms for families each night of the year.
Many families travel miles from home so that their child can receive expert medical care from specialist children’s hospitals across the UK.

Often, children have to remain in hospital for months at a time, so for the families, staying close to their child can be a struggle. Without a local Ronald McDonald House, many parents have to sleep on a chair by their child’s bed, on a pull down bed if this is available, or pay vast sums of money for hotel accommodation. Ronald McDonald House Charities keeps families together so children in hospital can get the love and comfort they need.

(Reg charity number – 802047)


CALM charity was originally set up in 1983 and has always been run by parents, patients and their families on a purely voluntary basis. This ensures all the money and resources available can go to the families and children who need it most. Support is also given by medical and other professionals within the community.

CALM also donates money to research, helping to provide better treatments and to better methods of detecting childhood cancer and leukaemia. CALM provides play facilities for the oncology clinic at the Great Western Hospital.

CALM provides a lot of self-help and mutual support. It is very helpful to a family just beginning treatment to know that someone is there to talk to who really does understand what they are going through and also it helps those families who are sadly bereaved. Throughout the year various social activities are organised for the families.

These give the families a chance to all get together and enjoy a day out away from the hospital environment.