Children’s cancer charities and support groups

A teddy wearing the gold ribbon that symbolises children's cancer

There are organisations and groups that can give you information and support if you’re caring for a child with cancer. 
Some parents find it helps them to meet other people with similar fears and worries to share information and advice, and support each other. There may be support groups for particular cancer types, for parents, or groups at your local cancer support centre. 

Our cancer nurses can help you to find information and support. Call Freephone 1800 200 700.

Charities and support groups

Aoibheann’s Pink Tie

A registered charity that provides practical assistance and support for families in need who have a child with cancer. It takes referrals through St John’s Ward at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin. 
Tel: 01 240 1332 



A specially designed camp for children with serious illnesses and their families. 
Tel: 045 864 115 


Bubblegum Club

A club that provides outings for children who have a life-threatening or long-term illness, or are disadvantaged in some other way. 

Tel: 01 236 0456/086 262 8888 


A nationwide professional medical transport service for long-term sick and seriously disabled children. It transports children in a fun environment from home to their treatment centres. 

Tel: 083 00 44 444 

CanTeen Ireland

A nationwide support group for young people who have or had cancer, and also for their siblings and friends. 
Tel: 01 872 2012 


Childhood Cancer Ireland

Childhood Cancer Ireland is the national parent and survivor-led charity representing the voice of children and young people with cancer, survivors of and their families.  

Childhood Cancer Ireland was founded by and is led by parents of children with cancer and survivors.  They understand that a diagnosis of childhood cancer has a devastating impact on the entire family.  

They help to ease the burden of diagnosis and treatment on children and their families by raising funds to provide practical and emotional supports. 

They campaign for better supports and services for families and survivors, as well as better treatments and outcomes for children and young people by ensuring that their views and experiences are embedded in policy and practice.   

Childhood Cancer Ireland's vision is a future in which the voice of the lived experience of young people with cancer, survivors and their families is heard and represented at all levels of decision making.


Children in Hospital Ireland

An organisation that works directly with children in hospitals to help them cope with illness and being in hospital. It also provides ongoing support to their families. 

Tel: 01 290 3510 
LoCall 1890 25 26 82 

Children’s Leukaemia Association

An association that supports and assists families of children with leukaemia in the Munster region.

Tel: 021 494 9801

Cliona’s Foundation

A registered charity that provides financial help for hidden costs in caring for critically ill children in Ireland. 

Tel: 061-331333/1800 90 10 90 

Daisy Lodge

A purpose-built therapeutic centre for children aged 0‒24 diagnosed with cancer and their families. Based in Newcastle, Co Down, it is operated by the Cancer Fund for Children. Open to children and their families from the Republic of Ireland. 

Tel: 048 4372 4212 

Hand in Hand

A national support service that provides practical support for families of children with cancer. 

Tel: 091 880 360/087 660 0103 

Julie Wren Trust

A trust that provides complementary therapies for children with cancer at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin. It also provides funding for palliative care for children at home or in hospital. 

Tel: 01 409 6300/087 968 7469 

Make-A-Wish Ireland

This organisation grants the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 living with life-threatening medical conditions to bring hope, strength and joy. It is an affiliate of the International Make-A-Wish family. 

Tel: 01 205 2007 

Ronald McDonald House

An international charity that provides accommodation in a caring and supportive environment for families whose children are seriously ill in hospital or undergoing treatment at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin. 

Tel: 01 456 0435 

The Gavin Glynn Foundation

A registered charity that provides a travel assistance programme that assists families with transportation, accommodation, food and living expenses and a travel pack when travelling abroad for cancer treatment.

Tel: 01 201 6030

Useful websites

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

US children’s charity that provides useful resources.

Beads of Courage

Provides arts-in-medicine supportive care programmes for children coping with serious illness, their families, and carers. This Oncology/Haematology Programme was brought to Ireland and is funded by Childhood Cancer Ireland. 

 Childhood Cancer Foundation

Children’s Oncology Group (COG)

Based in the US, the world’s largest organisation for childhood and adolescent cancer research. 

CLIC Sargent

UK charity for children with cancer that publishes a wide range of books, including storybooks.

Jigsaw (formerly Headstrong)

An Irish charity that focuses on youth mental health. Its programme gives young people somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to when in need.

Health Talk Online 

Websites that contain information about cancer, and have video and audioclips of people talking about their experiences.


Medical information for kids and teens with clear explanations of different conditions, including leukaemia.

For children and teenagers coping with stress, anxiety, bullying, suicide, depression, and other mental health and wellbeing issues.

Irish website with information and support for young people with longterm illnesses moving from child to adult health services.

Stupid Cancer

Global support community for young adults with cancer.

Teenage Cancer Trust

UK Cancer information and support forum for teenagers with cancer.

TYAC (Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer)

Information and support for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

The Little Princess Trust

A charity which funds real hair wigs for children.

International cancer information websites

Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)

A leading children’s charity in the UK and Ireland’s professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children with cancer. The CCLG produces a wide range of publications – books, booklets and factsheets – based around many aspects of children’s cancer.

Tel: 0044 116 252 5858 

Lymphoma Association (UK)

A UK charity that provides in-depth information on lymphoma.

Helpline: 0044 808 808 5555 

Macmillan Cancer Support (UK)

A UK charity that provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.

Tel: 0044 20 7840 7840 

National Cancer Institute (US)

Co-ordinates the national cancer programme in the US.


Neuroblastoma UK (formerly Neuroblastoma Society)

A small UK charity dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma. 

Tel: 0044 20 3096 7890 

Sarcoma UK

UK charity that funds vital research and offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma.

Tel: 0044 808 801 0401 

Blood Cancer UK

Blood cancer research charity in the UK.

Tel: 0044 20 7504 2200 

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