Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Families Find Help over the Rainbow

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Families Find Help over the Rainbow

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Byline: By Daniel Thomson

The internet is not just about fun and games.

It can also be used to create awareness for good causes throughout the world.

And there are few more worthy of being promoted than the Rainbow Trust.

Rainbowtrust.org.uk was created in 2001 to provide an introduction to the work of the children's charity.

The trust provides vital support and care for families with children suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses, both in their own homes and at two respite houses in Northumberland and Surrey.

Their website currently receives 1,200 visits a month from people wanting to find out about ways they can help, and from families who want to find out more about the service Rainbow Trust offers.

Rainbow Trust spokeswoman Trudy Millar says: "From diagnosis, through bereavement and beyond, Rainbow offers practical and emotional support and care both in the families' own home and in two respite houses.

"Rainbow Trust provides a helping hand, a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. It gives families the strength to carry on

"At any time 10,000 families in England have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Currently Rainbow Trust is able to help one in 10 of these families. For every child helped there are nine that don't receive their special care.

"Rainbow Trust's vision is for every one of these families to have access to a consistent source of emotional and practical support, for as long as they need it."

Lisa and Gary Clark were just one of the thousands of families who have received invaluable support through the charity.

Their daughter Mia was discovered to have a large tumour in her stomach when she was 18 months old. She underwent two major operations and chemotherapy, but sadly died.

After Mia's death, her family were devastated, but thanks to the support of the Rainbow Trust they were able to put their life back together. …

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