Grateful for listening ear

To some, Siblings Day on April 10 may have seemed trivial.

Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 09:00 am

But for families caring for a seriously ill child, it can be an important reminder of the bond between brothers and sisters.

The last few years have been indescribably tough for my family after my eight-year old son Adam was diagnosed with a brain tumour and spinal cancer. Whilst it was horrendous trying to help him through all the treatment, one of my biggest worries was the effect Adam’s illness would have on my 12-year-old daughter Megan.

I watched as Megan became more and more distant, witnessing her brother in pain and trying to cope with the situation.

That’s when Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity stepped in and we met our Sibling Support Worker, Callie. As soon as she became part of Megan’s life, I saw my little girl again. She had someone to share her fears with about Adam.

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We are now in a much stronger place and Adam, now 10, and Megan, 14, are closer than ever, which I know is thanks to Rainbow Trust. So to mark Siblings Day may I urge readers to support this incredible charity by visiting

Clare Finch

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity