Family

Financial support

The Irish Cancer Society's financial support programmes offer relief to families experiencing financial difficulty due to a cancer diagnosis.

Our Children's Fund is available to assist children on active treatment for a cancer diagnosis.  

Travel2Care is a nationwide transport support fund to assist patients who have a genuine financial difficulty in meeting some of the costs of travelling to appointments.

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Children’s Fund

The Irish Cancer Society’s financial support fund for children and their families, is available to assist children on active treatment for a cancer diagnosis.  

This fund is for patients under the age of 18 years, who have been diagnosed with cancer, and whose family are unable to meet a specific financial burden that has come about as a direct result of their illness.

The fund itself is a limited one, and for cases where other non-charitable sources are unable to assist, such as social welfare supports. 

Criteria to access Children's Fund

To qualify for this fund there are some criteria the applicant must meet: 

  • The child lives permanently in Ireland.
  • The child has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently receiving treatment.
  • The family is unable to meet a specific financial burden that has come about as a direct result of the child’s current treatment 
  • The family is unable to avail of other schemes, such as transport funded by the HSE.

Please note that a total of three applications can be assessed over the course of a child’s treatment. However, there needs to be at least a 12-month interval between each application.

To avail of this fund, please download the form below and contact your healthcare professional such as your medical social worker or cancer care nurse who will need to sign it on your child's behalf.

Please be aware that a healthcare professional is not obliged to make an application on a child’s behalf. 

If you have any questions or need some clarification on the fund, please do not hesitate to contact The Irish Cancer Society’s Financial Support team on (01) 231 6643 or (01) 231 0522.

Travel2Care

Travel2Care may also be an option for funding. The fund itself is made available by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) and administered by the Irish Cancer Society. One of the criteria of the fund is that a patient must be travelling over 50km one way to their treatment hospital, which should be a designated cancer centre, a satellite or an approved children’s hospital. A list of designated centres is here.
 
The purpose of this nationwide transport support fund is to assist patients who have a genuine financial difficulty in meeting some of the costs of travelling to current appointments.

Financial Support Statistics
192
financial support applications were granted in 2019
€164,000
financial support grants were awarded to those most in need in 2019

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