The Oscar Maclean Foundation was set up on the 9 March 2014, a date that would have been Oscar’s tenth birthday. Few months prior to that Oscar has lost his courageous fight to a rare and aggressive form of brain tumour. The Oscar Maclean Foundation which was set up in his memory, aims to to provide additional support to local children suffering from cancer and other chronic illnesses, as well as their families.
There is good care already available in Jersey but there are obvious gaps and opportunities for improvement. We work closely with the Health Service and local charities to identify areas where we can add value.
A 2016 project that we delivered was the funding of a children’s Community Liaison Officer, who based at Overdale Hospital co-ordinates vital practical, financial and emotional support for children with cancer and other chronic illnesses and their families.
In the past, some of these functions were fulfilled by different charities and departments, but the appointment of a single officer who coordinates the entire support structure for a family means that parents will be able to focus on their child at the time when they need it most, instead of spending hours on the phone calling various charities, states departments or other service providers.
We hope that something positive can result from our journey and ultimate tragic loss. Oscar lived a short but inspiring life, during which he has written a spy novel, collected numerous sports and various other achievement awards, pursued his passion for all things fun and made some truly special friends. He was a very loving little boy, a wonderful older brother to Hugo and Bertie and we feel truly blessed to have had him as our son. His endless strength continues to inspire us today.