TIMELINE: CONTINUOUS

The LFCT BAG OF HOPE Project was initiated in 2010, when it became very clear, after numerous visits to paediatric Oncology Wards, that there is a desperate need for support to the Child with Cancer AND the bedside care-giver, which is usually the child’s Mother.

Once a Child is diagnosed with Cancer, they and their parent/carer are often immediately whisked from whichever rural/small hospital at which the child has been diagnosed straight to a hospital with a paediatric oncology ward without even having time to return home to pack.

This results in Children with Cancer in hospital wards without pyjamas that fit, no comfort items like a soft toy and a warm blanket, no toiletries, no educational toys, no treats and no activities to enjoy when feeling well enough.

Mothers find themselves in the same position, and they literally live in the ward, eating, sleeping upright in a chair and bathing in the ward wash basins. They have no sanitary products, no clothing, no toiletries, and a desperate lack of food, with no funds to purchase even the basic necessities.

These Children with Cancer and their Mothers are forgotten by the World, and the main aim for the LFCT Bag of Hope Project, is to restore Dignity and inspire Hope.

Child’s Bag of Hope 

  • Soft new blanket
  • New set of Pyjamas
  • Soft toy
  • Colouring book and crayons
  • Reading book, puzzle or educational game
  • PH Soap and facecloth
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Aqueous cream
  • Crisps
  • Boxed fruit juices
  • Sweets

Mother’s Bag of Hope 

  • Cereals
  • Longlife Milk
  • Boxes of Cup-a-Soup
  • Two Minute Noodles
  • Sandwich Spreads
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sugar
  • Rusks
  • Biscuits
  • Soap and facecloth
  • Towel
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Sanitary products

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust liaises very closely with the Hospital Social Workers to determine specific needs of Children in the Paediatric Oncology Ward; if there is a specific need and we can address it by altering the content of the Bag of Hope, we do so with pleasure, as we firmly believe in giving support which is most needed, practical and individualised.

In some cases, we have specifically been requested to provide items such as disposable diapers and underwear, or the bedside carer is a man, and we have adjusted the Bag of Hope accordingly with pleasure.

Goal: To implement Bag of Hope in 14 Paediatric Oncology Wards at least quarterly. The average maximum capacity per Paediatric Oncology Hospital Ward in South Africa is 30 beds. 80% of children will have a bedside care-giver with them.

To become involved in this project please contact us.