I was chosen to speak on the topic of ‘Inclusive’, because I don’t just do all of this for the kids… I do it for the whole family.

Speaking on the theme ‘Inclusive’, Valerie Simpson took the stage. She tells the story of building the charity CCLASP with her husband, and goes on to talk about the families that they have supported in navigating life through treatment for childhood cancer and leukaemia as well as the human-centred, family-inclusive way they have sought to evolve their service.

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Why Inclusion is How I Live

CCLASP was set up by Valerie and Bill Simpson after their own son, Robert, was diagnosed with AML adult leukaemia at six years old. Being told their youngest child had a 30% chance of survival was devastating and changed their lives completely.

Once he made a full recovery, after years of gruelling treatment, Valerie and Bill vowed to dedicate the rest of their lives helping others through their own experience and decided to set up the charity. Based in Edinburgh, CCLASP was born in 1994 and has gone on to supports hundreds of families across Scotland providing countless holidays, transport, events, and support to families whose child or relative is going through treatment for cancer or leukaemia. This was the vision for CCLASP and still remains so today with the help of a great team who work tirelessly to make the charity a success.

Valerie was chosen for the theme ‘inclusive’ as every day in CCLASP she includes the entire family in everything she does - She goes beyond helping the sick child. Valerie strives to make CCLASP’s services available to everybody that needs it and builds strong relationships with the families she meets.

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