Guest blog: The Osbourne Trust
Who we are
I’m Emma and I founded and now run The Osborne Trust, the only national charity that focuses all of our support on the children of a parent with cancer. The Trust was launched in 2014 after my own cancer diagnosis aged 36 years with 2 children then aged seven and four. We started from our own experience of how we dealt with the situation, what worked and what we found lacking in terms of family support.
What we do
The Trust provides children aged 18 years and under whose parent/s have cancer access to recreational activities during a parent/s treatment by funding up to 3 activities such as a cinema trip, play centre visit or a meal out. Activities are supervised by an adult family member or friend. The aim is to offer the parent/s some rest and the children some time away from all that cancer entails.
Ozzy the Elephant is our mascot, our lovely stuffed elephant. Calling our elephant Ozzy was a natural fit from our name. We provide an Ozzy in pink or grey to girls and boys referred to us at the Trust. Our aim is for Ozzy to offer some comfort to the children during this time.
Over time we have added more and more support packages, such as our emotional support packages via journals, a book or colouring and now the Little C Club flashcards to support a child’s emotional wellbeing.
As we are now in a pandemic, we adapted to best fit the families we support by introducing our at-home activities. We send out arts and crafts, board games, books and the like to the children seeing Mum/Dad go through cancer having to shield within the home due to their gruelling treatment regime.
Our aims are simple, we hope to increase their well-being, relieve the stress they face and support the children of a parent going through cancer.
How to get in touch
Via our referral process, parents who have cancer can apply for support by downloading a form off our website or request one to be posted to them. For more info head to www.theosbornetrust.com