Tips for coping with isolation

24 Mar 2020

We’ve been fighting an invisible enemy for children with cancer since we started Friends of Rosie in 1991.

Now the world is facing a similar fight against the coronavirus.

Practices like social distancing, self-isolation, and obsessive hygiene procedures are the reality for families of children with cancer, particularly during treatment. Also the challenges of how to entertain children and siblings while stuck in hospital and behind closed doors.

Now this is a reality for us all over the coming months.

We know firsthand how hard people will find this both mentally and physically. With that in mind, we ask our supporters, families, parents, and carers to use us as a hub to share resources and ideas of how to best cope over the coming weeks and months.

From home schooling tips, to craft activities and things to do out in the fresh air to stay positive and healthy. Also ways to keep in touch with grandparents, and family and friends.

Please share with us your links, photos and videos of things that have worked for you in the past or that you’re doing now. And we’ll share them with our Friends of Rosie community. Just message us on Facebook or email

If you have specific questions about children undergoing treatment and COVID-19, we direct you to our colleagues at the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group – CCLG who have published guidance for families.

While lots of events and fundraising activities simply aren’t possible at the moment, we’ll be coming up with some interesting fundraising challenges that you can do at home and with children. Watch this space. We’ll also be running an Easter competition next week.

Stay safe and healthy. We’ll be here with you through it all ☺️ 💗