Support for families

Welcome to our cancer support page for families. It can be difficult to know where to turn for support, which is why we have put together a list of relevant charities and support services that can offer valuable assistance during this difficult time. Below are some of the most useful organisations that offer support and guidance to families affected by cancer:

Support Services for families

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When someone in your family is diagnosed with cancer, it can be a life-changing experience for all of you. While it can be a difficult journey, there is support out there to help you through this difficult time.



Maggie's provides free cancer support and information in centers across the UK and online. Our professionals offer support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries, available without appointment or referral.

Ellie's Retreat


Ellie’s Retreat offers FREE respite breaks exclusively for families who have suffered the loss of a child. Located at Castle Archdale caravan park, Co Fermanagh, Ellie’s Retreat is a static mobile, providing all bed linen, towels and a small welcome pack of groceries.

It's Good 2 Give!


It's Good 2 Give supports young cancer patients and their families in Scotland by providing physical and mental health assistance and a purpose-built retreat on the shores of Loch Venachar.

Hope House Ireland


Hope House Ireland provides free accommodation to cancer patients and their carers at any time during or on completion of their treatment, for a short time of quiet rest and recuperation.

Stories & Experiences for families

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We hope this information is helpful in pointing you in the right direction for finding the support you need as a family of someone with cancer. Remember, you are not alone, and there is help available.

How to support a newly diagnosed cancer patient

Nicky Newman

Nicky was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2018 after noticing a lump in her breast during IVF treatment.

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Yasmin's Story - Losing a grandparent


Yasmin's Grandfather died from cancer when she was 16 years old

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Katie's Story - Losing a parent

Katie Saker

Katie's mum died from cancer when Katie was 16 years old

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