Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP) help children and teenagers suffering from cancer or leukaemia in Scotland. We also help diagnosed families and bereaved families express and share with each other the feelings, anxieties, and horror of having a child with a life-threatening illness and provide practical and emotional support.
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. After such a tough start in life, Robert Simpson now lives healthily and is married with twins. Megan, his wife, dedicates her time working for CCLASP and is reminded through her husband of just how important their work is.
At CCLASP we strive to raise a smile for the families we look after. By providing non-stop support and care we bring light and hope when days seem dark and allow memories to be made. Personal experience allows us to understand the emotional turmoil of having a child with a life-threatening illness and we promise to provide help to make the emotional and practical journey that tiny bit easier.
Valerie is responsible for the overall running of CCLASP. Giving presentations and talks on her work is her forte and she never leaves a dry eye in the room. Valerie strives to make CCLASP’s services available to everybody that needs it and builds strong relationships with the families she meets.