Jaxon’s football experience
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
2d ago
With thanks to the Free Kicks Foundation, CHECT were able to send Jaxon – who had retinoblastoma – and his parents to go and watch the Liverpool vs. Chelsea Carabao Cup Final on Sunday. Jaxon was delighted to see his team win 1-0, with his mum adding that the seats were amazing and they all loved every minute. https://chect.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/VID-20240226-WA0012.mp4 We’d love to know what you have been up to! If you’d like to share some news with us, please email isabella.greenwood@chect.org.uk The post Jaxon’s football experience first appeared on Childhood Eye Cancer Trust ..read more
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World Book Day: How books helped me when I was in hospital
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
2d ago
We spoke to Emily Ann Davison – the author behind ‘The Blue Umbrella’ and ‘Every Bunny is a Yoga Bunny’ about the power of reading for World Book Day. World Book Day is always such an exciting time of year where people come together to celebrate the magic of books and stories, and it’s especially exciting for me as a children’s author! Thank you so much to CHECT for asking me to write another blog post for it this year. As a child, I had bilateral retinoblastoma and my Mum used to read lots of stories to me to keep me occupied during hospital visits and on the long journeys down to hospital ..read more
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 ”I spotted cancer in my baby’s eye as I cooked dinner” 
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
1w ago
A mum from Gillingham in Kent is urging other parents to look out for the tell-tale signs of eye cancer this Rare Disease Day, after their three-month-old son was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer that typically affects children under the age of six.        Mum Sarah was cooking Shepherd’s Pie when she spotted an unusual glow in her son Thomas’ eye. Sarah said, “My daughter was holding Thomas in her arms as I was cooking, and I noticed his eye looked like a cat’s eye. I couldn’t see it again so then I wondered whether it was just the lighting. It was playing on my mind, so ..read more
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The Ffion Miles Bursary winner: Rosie
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
1M ago
Rosie was one of two winners chosen to be the receiver of the Ffion Miles Music Bursary for 2023, in memory of the late Ffion Miles. Ffion was not only known for her love of music, but her passion towards helping those who had retinoblastoma (Rb) and/or who had a visual impairment. Rosie has used the funding to buy a piano – and has been using it to play wonderful music! Rosie said, “‘I was very pleased when I found out, and have really enjoyed playing on the new piano the money went towards.”. Mum Emily added, “We were so happy for Rosie when we found out about the award. We put th ..read more
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Scotland Family Day
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
2M ago
CHECT Family Day at the Glasgow Science Centre, 18 November 2023 One very wet Saturday in November, Sarah and Petra travelled north of the border to meet some of our Scottish families at the Glasgow Science Centre. The amazing venue made it well worth the trip, with loads of hands-on experiments to try, play areas to explore, and face-painting and balloon modelling too! We even had our very own room where Sheena from the Centre’s Community Team challenged us to build land yachts from Lego that would be able to use wind power to move! After lunch we had some very special awards to give out: a C ..read more
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CHECT’s Stafford Family Day
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
3M ago
On Saturday 21 October, eleven families struggled through the flooded roads caused by Storm Babet to reach Lower Drayton Farm in Stafford for the CHECT family day. Thanks to a kind donation from Tescos in Shirley (having been nominated by Harry Hanlon’s auntie Michelle Jones), the children were able to choose a Halloween fancy dress outfit when they arrived to get them in the mood! Over lunch, everyone had the chance to chat and get to know each other. We then had eleven CHECT Champion awards: eleven children either affected by retinoblastoma themselves, or the brother or sister of a child who ..read more
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InFocus Winter 2023 – Plain Text Version
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
3M ago
We’re pleased to present the latest edition of our CHECT InFocus Winter 2023 Magazine –  full of your stories as well as what we’ve been up to as a charity over the last few months.  This Winter edition of InFocus has been produced in both a digital and print format. View the plain text version of our Winter InFocus magazine: InFocus If you would like to receive InFocus in a different format, please email info@chect.org.uk. We hope you enjoy this latest edition. The CHECT Team. The post InFocus Winter 2023 – Plain Text Version first appeared on Childhood Eye Cancer Trust ..read more
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“Our son spent the Christmas period in hospital after being diagnosed with retinoblastoma”
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
4M ago
Donate   A mum from the Shetland Islands is urging other parents to look out for the tell-tale signs of eye cancer this Christmas, after her thirteen-month-old son was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer that typically affects children under the age of six.   As part of our Christmas campaign, we are asking for your kind donations to help our charity to be able to continue our integral support, research and awareness work.  Mum Kirstin had noticed a white glow in her son Cian’s eye as he watched TV.  Kirstin said, “On the 9 of December 2022, when Cian was 13 mont ..read more
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Taylor’s on target for success
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
4M ago
Taylor’s mum Tina discusses what her son’s life is like now post retinoblastoma: “Taylor is 11 now and has taken up 3D field (Forrest really) archery. He recently did his first competition in cubs at the Isle of Wight and came home with a gold and silver medal. Although he’s lost his right eye and should be shooting left-handed he’s right-handed so he’s taught himself to canter the bow and is a pretty good shot.” A huge well done to Taylor from us all at CHECT! The post Taylor’s on target for success first appeared on Childhood Eye Cancer Trust ..read more
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Evie’s retinoblastoma story: From diagnosis to now
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Blog
by Beth Lardner
5M ago
Mum Danielle shares Evie’s retinoblastoma diagnosis story with CHECT for World Sight Day. It was 11th January 2023 and a day like any other day. I was feeding Evie lunch whilst she was watching her favourite presenter ‘Miss Rachel’ at the time when I noticed a haze or a cloudy smear across her eye. I initially thought that maybe she rubbed food in her eye (she used to always rub her eye or where she had food on her hands she would rub her eye or face). I went to wipe with a baby wipe around her face and gently on her eyelid. The glaze wouldn’t go. I decided to take a photo on my phone with a f ..read more
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