Iain backs #Hand2Hold campaign to support young people with cancer

Iain Gray MSP is supporting the efforts of Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent to ensure young people with cancer, aged 16 – 25, do not continue to face appointments or treatments alone during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, the two charities have worked tirelessly to support children and young people with cancer. However, it became clear that due to precautions that had to be taken as a result of coronavirus, many young people aged 16-25 with cancer have faced, and continue to face, attending appointments or treatments alone.

Now, Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent are working in partnership, calling for young people with cancer, wherever safe and possible, to have a hand to hold through this challenging time.

Backing the Hand2Hold campaign, Iain Gray MSP said:

“Understandably, healthcare settings have had to take extra precautions to protect the vulnerable and reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. However, it is equally understandable that young people living with cancer will sometimes just need someone by their side.

 “As we move forward with overcoming this virus, we need to look at different ways young people with cancer can be supported throughout appointments, scans, treatment and beyond.

“That’s why I’m supporting the call from Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent for governments to commit to ensuring, where possible, young people have a Hand 2 Hold through their appointments and treatment.”

Find out more and pledge your support for the Hand2Hold campaign here.