1 billion people in the world live without access to adequate transport.
Something as simple as transport can have a huge impact on the lives of sick or struggling children all over the world. Medical and family support is available, but children face the hidden challenge of how they get there, how do they overcome seemingly impossible journeys?
In the UK, travel expenses for children with cancer are often unmanageable, amounting to hundreds of pounds a month, and journeys to appointments, consultations, treatment and important family gatherings, become unattainable. Difficult choices have to be made, for children and families already facing incredible challenges.
In developing countries, children with cancer need to find a way to reach the one hospital in the country that can offer treatment – sometimes the hospital is up to three days away. Some families sell all they have to pay for transport. Often, they give up treatment, because the journey is too hard and too expensive.
Transport changes everything.
In 2014, we started Please Take Me There to help change this situation. We believe transport is a human right priority and we want to help those in need to get access to it, giving them access to healthcare, new opportunities, empowering their lives. Find out more about our work.
Access to medical care and treatment saves lives.
In some parts of the world, children with cancer can’t travel to the only hospital in the country that can offer treatment. Some families sell all they have to pay for transport. Sometimes they travel up to 3 days just to get to a hospital. Find our about our work in Myanmar (Burma) here. In the UK travel costs can amount to hundreds of pounds per month, and long journeys to see specialists are financially and physically challenging. With a combination of grants and access to a special/private plane, we’re helping sick children all over the world get the medical help they need.
Access to more jobs and new opportunities empowers lives.
In some places, people spend up to five hours commuting each day just to make a living. Affordable transport can enhance mobility and inclusion. It can promote social and economic integration. Transport gives access to more jobs, trading opportunities and empowers lives. Giving families in the UK access to faster, easier transport, for their sick child, frees up their time, enabling them to work and spend more time on what is important and with the people that matter.
Access to schools changes lives forever.
Providing transport increases enrolment rates in rural schools, especially for girls and women who often suffer disproportionately from poor transport. In areas where the population is supported, 3 times as many girls go to school. Better, faster transport in the UK, ensures children with long term conditions do not miss too much school because of long journeys or having to stay near to treatment centres.
Time and support
Brings people together and creates unforgettable moments.
In some countries, parents of sick children spend months away from their children just because they can't afford to travel to hospital. Also, terminally ill patients want to spend time with the people they most love. Affordable transport allows people to spend more time with those they love.