Charity given new flat for families of children with cancer

Stv childrens appeal and calums cabin (l-r) caroline speirs and laura boyd

Calum’s Cabin will be able to support more families thanks to a donation from the STV Children's Appeal. 

19th August 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Families whose children are receiving cancer treatment will be able to stay in Glasgow rent-free thanks to a TV fundraiser.

STV’s Children’s Appeal supported the Calum’s Cabin charity to buy a new flat in the city, which will be used to provide accommodation for families whose children have to attend the Royal Hospital for Children or the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

The charity was founded by Caroline Speirs, from Bute, whose 12-year-old son Calum lost his fight for life in 2007, just over a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Ms Speirs said: “Many families who have children with cancer are required to travel from all over Scotland to Glasgow’s primary treatment centres for specialist care. The mounting cost of travel and accommodation is often a huge burden for families, adding even more stress and worry to their lives.

“With the help of the STV Children’s Appeal and Kiltwalk, we can provide families a relaxing, comfortable place that feels like home, allowing them to spend time together and feel supported during an extremely difficult time in their lives - without the financial burden.”

STV’s entertainment reporter Laura Boyd handed over the keys to the new flat this week.

She said: “I can’t think of anything more important than having a place for families to stay close to their young ones when they’re going through treatment. Calum’s Cabin will ease the burden by providing a comfortable place to stay, easing the financial pressure and taking on some of the stresses which will be invaluable for these families who are going through the toughest time.

“I live with cancer myself and know how important it is, even at this age, to have your family near and this is a fantastic addition to Calum’s Cabin. It is my pleasure to hand over these keys on behalf of the STV Children’s Appeal.”