Children with Cancer Fund Polegate (CWCF), has commenced 2022 with a bang, hosting plenty of fundraising and family events across East Sussex.

With the aim of granting wishes to children living with childhood cancer and offering them and their families a respite from treatment, the team at CWCF set out to organise fundraisers for people to enjoy. Many of these events would not be possible without the support from volunteers, so in this month’s edition, the charity would like to shine a spotlight on all the volunteers that make their events possible.

Volunteers at CWCF play an important role in helping the charity carry out fundraisers such as the annual Arlington Bluebell Walk, where this year they raised money at the stunning woods which host the English Bluebells and anemones. The fundraiser offered delicious cakes baked locally, and refreshments to accompany a pleasant stroll through the enchanting woodland, which in springtime has an impressive display of blue as the flowers emerge in full bloom.

All money raised makes its way to the office, where staff get creative planning events for families to make memories together. A trip to the virtual reality rollercoaster in Uckfield gave the families a thrill, as they experienced the adrenaline-filled rollercoasters of Thorpe Park and Orlando from a gaming chair at the Piltdown Man pub. The charity often follows these activities with a family meal, where they have the opportunity to make connections with other families going through similar experiences, chatting and sharing advice. Families often make friends for life at these meals.

The families also recently discovered Brighton’s famous Globalls, which is home to an indoor mini-golf course in stunning UV, complete with a jungle theme and ball pit to create that unique experience to give them lasting memories!

Volunteers prepped them ready to go with glow-in-the-dark accessories, with some sporting luminous bunny ears whilst others wore quirky glasses. Parents and kids alike surprised with their golfing skills, whilst others revelled in the magnificent wall art that surrounded the course. Some family competition reared its head and laughter broke out from the ball pit as siblings played together.

Another important aspect of the charities work is granting wishes to children and their immediate family. Wishes can be practical, fun or medical. The charity has organised tickets for football matches (which are often accompanied by meeting the team mascot), days out at Knockhatch adventure Park , and even driving lessons to celebrate an 18th birthday.

With many more exciting fundraisers coming up for the rest of the year, including Eastbourne Carnival and Airbourne, CWCF are looking to recruit volunteers, so if you can help, please call 01323 488561 or email info@childrenwithcancerfund.org.uk to find out more.