We know asking for help can sometimes be hard, and embarrassing for some people. This is where My Shining Star will help you every step of the way to ensure you get the right help with little distress as possible.
Below are the guidelines we follow to ensure eligibility and that the applicant gets the correct level of help for their circumstances. Please refer to these guidelines when filling out your questionnaire, but if you have any queries, please Contact Us. If you have read and understood the guidelines and wish to apply for a grant, please click the button opposite.
My Shining Star Grants
The purpose of My Shining Star grants is to help people meet the financial needs that can arise from childhood cancer or its treatment.
Our grants are typically between £500 - £1000.
Our grants can help meet a wide range of practical needs arising from cancer, for example:
pay an outstanding bill or debt,
purchase essential items such as food,
purchase new clothes needed because of changes to body shape or size, or
pay bills incurred as a result of prolonged hospital stays or long journeys.
We can also help with more specific requests that will help improve a person’s comfort or quality of life, or specifically assist siblings and bereaved families. If you are unsure whether a request for a grant will be successful, please contact us first for an informal discussion, prior to submitting an application.
To be considered for a grant a patient must:
have a cancer diagnosis, or still be affected by cancer, or its treatment;
be a UK resident;
have less than £6,000 in savings (if a single person) or £8,000 savings (if a couple or family); and
have a low income.
The request for the grant must demonstrate a clear link to the impact of cancer and its treatment.
We aim to help as many qualifying people as possible meet their particular needs.
Each applicant plays an important role as a “Gatekeeper” for the grants.
To ensure that the funds are used to help people living with cancer who are most in need of financial support, we request that the application be completed by one of the following:
Direct family member (Parent/Guardian, Grandparent etc), or
Healthcare Professional acting in the child’s best interests.
Making a Successful Grant Application
In conjunction with the medical report and financial information, the “Supporting Information” is a significant part of the application.
The information provided will inform our decision to make a grant and determine the value of the award.
This section should be used to present a compelling case. The more compelling the case, the more likely the application will be successful.
This section should be focused on explaining:
the specific needs that have arisen from, or are related to, cancer and /or its treatment, and
how the financial help requested will help to address the identified needs.
It can be useful to include the following information:
Specific information about how the amount of financial support requested has been estimated e.g. –“10 visits by car to St Thomas Hospital (a 30 mile round trip) over a one month period” or
“A convalescent break in Cornwall for three nights in July at a cost of £X per person for accommodation and £X per person for travel”
We will consider an application whether or not there are other forms
In determining a potential grant award the Grants Team will consider:
the extent to which there is a compelling case about the need for financial support at this time.
the existence of a clear connection between the impact of cancer and the items or services requested.
if information in the Medical Report corroborates the information provided in the Supporting Explanation.
the prognosis. There may be urgent, pressing, unmet needs that cannot be met and/or the outlook is poor and quality of life is an issue.
whether a grant has been made to the patient previously. Unless the patient’s circumstances have significantly deteriorated for an identified reason, it may not be possible to provide further financial help on more than one occasion but the merits of individual cases will be assessed.
whether or not the estimated cost of an item or service is reasonable, and if there is an explanation for costs that seem higher than would generally be expected.
whether there are statutory resources, patient’s family resources or any other alternative forms of support available.
if there has been an impact on a family’s financial situation (e.g.: working age with mortgage and child care responsibilities.) If needs have significantly increased and if comfort or quality of life is becoming an issue.
Each application is individually assessed on its own merits and all information provided is fully considered.
Please note: The fact that an individual is experiencing financial problems is not a sufficient reason in itself to justify a grant. The request for financial support must always demonstrate a clear connection between a financial need and the impact of cancer.