Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP) helps children and teenagers suffering from Cancer or Leukaemia in Scotland. We also help diagnosed families and bereaved families express and share with each other the feelings, anxieties, and horror of having a child with a life-threatening illness, and provide practical and emotional support.
CCLASP was set up by Valerie and Bill Simpson after their own son, Robert, was diagnosed with AML adult Leukaemia at six years old. Being told their youngest child had a 30% chance of survival was devastating and changed their lives completely. Once he made a full recovery, after years of gruelling treatment, Valerie and Bill vowed to dedicate the rest of their lives helping others through their own experience, and decided to set up the charity. Based in Edinburgh, CCLASP was born in 1994, and has gone on to supports hundreds of families across Scotland providing countless holidays, transport, events, and support to families whose child or relative is going through treatment for Cancer or Leukaemia. This was the vision for CCLASP and still remains so today with the help of a great team who work tirelessly to make the charity a success. After such a tough start in life, Robert Simpson now lives healthily and is married with twins. Megan, his wife, dedicates her time working for CCLASP and is reminded through her husband of just how important their work is.
Cancer and Leukaemia are the cruellest of illnesses, striking indiscriminately and without warning. Today alone, another eleven children in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have a life-threatening disease. CCLASP supports families across Scotland through this trauma and turmoil with a vast array of emotional and practical support, and we understand through personal experience just what it feels like. Life changes for children and their families when they have to go through such trauma, and we strive to be there for them to make special memories and wishes come true.
The special thing about CCLASP is how our families come together to support one another and act as one big family. We understand what you’re going through and make sure that everyone feels they are being looked after and given the help that is needed, whatever it may be. We understand that every family’s experience is unique, and we will tailor our support to help you cope when things become overwhelming and give you the opportunity to make lasting memories. The CCLASP team is ready for any questions you may have while giving you the chance to share your emotions, and will be there for moral support when you need it.