Shine A Light has been founded by Sam Schoolar, a childhood cancer survivor who is passionate about supporting other families affected by childhood cancer. “My motivation for beginning Shine A Light is a life-long journey with Childhood Cancer which started when I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the age of 10. The treatment I received lasted for two and a half years, the journey is still going. I have strived my whole life to help other families who face this journey, I have volunteered with children’s cancer charities from the age of 16, and have been part of many events aimed at raising awareness, funding for research, paving a better future for children diagnosed with childhood cancer and making life better for those affected now.”
How We Help
|Amount||What this will pay for|
|£30||One counselling session to help families through this distressing time|
|£125||Will provide one family welcome pack that we deliver to families that have a child that has been diagnosed with cancer. The welcome pack including sweets, a throw, a popcorn maker, a DVD and a board game as well as a voucher for a take away! (see picture)|
|£300||A night out for our Teenagers. Our teen group enjoy a variety of activities such as bowling, cinema, a meal out etc thanks to the donations of our generous supporters. It’s a great way for them to relax in a comfortable atmosphere and have a bit of fun.|
|£50||A print run of leaflets or posters promoting our service to be distributed to hospitals and clinics or A print run for leaflets/posters to use to promote a coffee morning or event|
|£500||This will enable us to run a fun event for our families such as quiz nights etc and for this we can provide all refreshments and an activity|
History and Objective of the Charity
Alongside a trustee board of seven, Sam founded Shine A Light Support Service in September 2016, choosing the name for the charity in October 2016 and achieving registered status in January 2017. Shine A Light’s objective is to promote and protect the health and relieve the needs of children aged up to 24 who are suffering from cancer, their families and carers within Coventry and Warwickshire, in particular by the provision of a comprehensive support service. We fulfil our objective with the provision of a range of support services.
Shine A Light Support Service is the first charity set up with the sole objective of supporting families with childhood cancer in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. We work with families with a child or young person between the ages of 0 and 24 years from the date of diagnosis for as long as each family needs us. We are aware that there are many families in Coventry and Warwickshire who we have yet to reach, who are or have been affected by childhood cancer. We are here to help and support and would love to hear from them. Families can refer themselves by filling in a registration form or contacting us.
Our Aim Is To…
Please take a look at our list of volunteer roles and discover lots of benefits to you in supporting us in our work.