About The MCA Trust
A children’s cancer charity
with a difference
The MCA Trust supports cancer patients under the age of 22 across East London and Essex. We aim to bring hope and happiness to these vibrant young people and their families during some of the most challenging times they’ll ever face.
In memory of Michael
What do we do?
The scope of our work is varied. We provide financial and emotional support inside and outside of hospital environments.
Working in partnership with local NHS Trusts, we identify and fund projects that will make a real difference to children who are battling cancer. Completed projects include purchasing sophisticated medical equipment and refurbishing dedicated children’s oncology areas to create a better experience for all users.
Respite between treatments is a fundamental aspect of every child’s recovery. We also recognise that the cancer journey is hard on the whole family, so one of the ways we provide support comes from arranging experiences and holidays to sought-after locations that many children might wish for.
At the tender age of just 6 years old, Lily was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Intensive treatment schedules with long hospital stays meant that she missed out on many normal childhood experiences. The pressure on her entire family to provide round-the-clock care and consideration was immense.
When Lily was given the all-clear for long-haul travel, The MCA Trust booked an all-expenses-paid family holiday of any child’s dreams to DisneyWorld Florida.
The respite provided by the trip allowed the family to reconnect and make some incredibly happy memories. During the break, Lily shared a most heart-warming sentiment when she told her mum that she “felt free”.
Shortly after, she was able to return to school and resume a relatively normal routine. Lily’s family said that they “couldn’t thank The MCA Trust enough for funding the precious time spent together at DisneyWorld.”
Names and photos have been changed for privacy
Our volunteers are the essence of our work
Our work wouldn’t be possible without our network of willing volunteers. Alongside our Trustee team, we have many people sharing their time and skills with us to ensure we succeed in our mission to support local children and young adults. We, and the families, hospitals and organisations we work with, are so thankful for each and every one of these incredible people.
Meet our team
Our core team of Trustees is made up of founding members and dedicated volunteers who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people affected by cancer. These individuals are responsible for driving The MCA Trust forward with countless events and new initiatives year-on-year.