Do you or colleagues treat and care for children with a malignant brain tumour? Through the new initiative Tom’s Gift you can bring a smile to their faces at an extremely difficult time in their lives and their families
Created by The Tom Grahame Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, Tom’s Gift is an exciting pack sent to a child that includes a £30 Debenhams gift voucher for them to spend in store or online on anything they’ll find fun and enjoyable. Plus, every Tom’s Gift pack contains a small mystery gift for the child and information for their parents or carers explaining how Macmillan can support them in a wide range of ways.
Children love gifts
Corisande Albert, the mother of Tom, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour just before his fifth birthday, says, “One of the things that made Tom smile during his treatment was a present. His favourite was Lego or Playmobil. Tom’s face used to light up. And for the next few hours he could forget about everything else and just enjoy his gift.
‘We want other children like our Tom to have something to enjoy too. We know that even the smallest things can make a massive difference at times like this.”
Find out more about Tom’s Gift and its inspiration – Tom Grahame – at tomgrahame.com
Who qualifies for Tom’s Gift?
Tom’s Gift aims to bring joy to as many children as possible aged 16 or younger who are receiving treatment for a malignant brain tumour, are about to receive treatment or were recently treated. However, we do understand the distinction between malignant and benign tumours is often very fine. If you’re unsure whether a child qualifies for Tom’s Gift, please contact the Macmillan Grants team at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
Easy to apply
Please let eligible families know they can apply for Tom’s Gift by downloading a simple form from macmillan.org.uk/tomsgift. You or a colleague involved with the child’s treatment will need to complete the form, along with their family. The family or you can also email email@example.com or call 020 7840 7874 if you have any questions.