Frederick Birk commemoration and CLIC Sargent’s new report

I was very happy to receive an invitation recently for a commemoration event in Buckley for Frederick Birks – a Victoria Cross (V.C) award holder who was born in the town.

Mr Birks received the V.C – the highest and most prestigious award given for bravery – for his actions in Ypres in August 1917.

The event, which is on Friday the 21st September at 12.30 pm in the Coronation Gardens in Buckley, will be a fitting tribute to one of Flintshire’s true heroes. The Gardens themselves will be formally designated on the day as a Centenary Field, protecting this space in memory of all those who fought and lost their lives in World War 1.

Mr Birks is one of Flintshire’s most decorated war veterans and it is great that we will get the opportunity to commemorate not only his efforts, but the efforts of all veterans who deserve our immense gratitude.

This month, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM), CLIC Sargent have launched a new research report called: Are we nearly there yet?. The report highlights the financial impact of travel on young cancer patients and their families.

We are blessed in this area to have children’s hospital not too far from us. I’ve experienced first-hand the fantastic work that the Alder Hey does, where I also spoke to parents who were travelling hundreds of miles to have their children treated.

Cancer in children and young people can devastate families – emotionally, physically and financially. Not only do families have to deal with cancer, they also have to deal with mounting travel costs.

CLIC Sargent found that young cancer patients face a 60-mile round trip, on average, to get treatment – which would add up to £180?a month when treatment is at its most intense.

On the back of this research, CLIC Sargent are now calling on the Government to create a Young Cancer?Patient Travel Fund, so families don’t have?to worry about?mounting travel costs during treatment.? 

I know full well that this would be a huge benefit to so many families as it would alleviate a lot of their financial concerns and allow them to concentrate on the treatment of their children. That is why I will be encouraging the government to go ahead with the Fund.