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Beads of Courage UK

Beads of Courage supports children going through treatment for chronic and serious illness. It allows children to tell their story. The beads are used as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate different milestones such as blood transfusions, chemotherapy, overnight stays in hospital.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1141987)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by Lake House Charitable Trust


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)


United Kingdom


Ongoing research has found that Beads of Courage helps alleviate treatment induced stress and anxiety, benefitting a child’s mental health and wellbeing, whilst their medical needs are fulfilled by the NHS. This happens best when the programme is distributed at the point of care in the hospitals.


We have already enrolled all oncology hospitals around the UK. We now aim to provide this programme to all children with Cardiac conditions. The cardiac programme supports children who are born with congenital heart defects and those who develop heart conditions at a later stage. The beads support children through their daily treatments; heart surgery; and any bumps in the road to their journey of recovery.

  • The beads mean everything to me.....they are a physical representation of what my child went through, they are a pick me up, allow us to talk, discuss help to go through more treatment, persuaded her to have treatment. Got us all talking about what was going on

    — Parent Testimony

  • The beads actually give you a physical representation of the childs journey you can see in one glance how many of each procedure they have had to endure..... although persuasion may be needed, mostly with smiles.... The beads humble me, I am in awe of all the children who go through treatment they

    — Parent Testimony

  • Each bead is a step closer to end of treatment

    — Parent Testimony

  • We have only recently 'joined' but already it is a totally accepted part of the process. About 95% of the patients enrol and they thoroughly enjoy it. They are able to share their journey with outsiders who have no comprehension of the amount of procedures they go through

    — Clinician Testimony