CLIC Sargent has been Network Rail’s Charity of Choice since 2014 and the partnership has gone from strength to strength, now valued at £3.9million.
Over the past two-and-a-half years we’ve seen staff from Network Rail get really involved in the partnership by getting messy in Total Wipeout events, abseiling the ArcelorMittal Orbit, taking part in the London Marathon and obviously the amazing amount of cakes and chocolate bars that have been consumed, outfits worn and miles run by employees.
Not only has Network Rail been great at encouraging its employees to support young cancer patients, it has also matched all individual donations up to a total value of £5,000 in the first two years.
Staff have been really generous with their time and volunteered on many occasions to support the work that CLIC Sargent does, including decorating rooms in Homes from Home, holding bucket collections during Wig Wednesday and providing Easter eggs and decorations to our Homes from Home too.
Their Frontline Focus team even spent their time filming CLIC Sargent services and the people we support, allowing us the opportunity to further show the impact of our support for young cancer patients and their families.
Charity Ambassadors and the Panel have been vital to the partnership, organising their own amazing events such as Rail House Rock, golf days and so much more.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
As the key sponsor for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September 2014 and 2015, Network Rail helped to install a giant five metre high gold ribbon at King’s Cross station, seen by almost three million travellers, sold gold ribbons, and came up with ‘go gold’ fundraising ideas.
While October 2016 marks the end of the CLIC Sargent and Network Rail partnership, this is even more of an opportunity to go out on a high so staff will be holding bucket collections, dressing up as superheroes, stepping up in the 60 mile Step Challenge and so many more amazing ways to support young cancer patients during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and our final month as Network Rail’s Charity of Choice.
Furthering Network Rail's awareness-raising support, a cow sculpture named Watermoo took pride of place at London Waterloo station in August 2016 as part of CowParade art trail, and will eventually be auctioned to raise money for CLIC Sargent.
CLIC Sargent Corporate Account Manager Nicola White said: "We're so proud of our partnership with Network Rail and can’t thank their staff enough for all of their hard work over the last two-and-a-half years.”
The partnership aims to highlight the importance both organisations play in connecting people, and the difference it makes to their lives - with CLIC Sargent connecting families touched by cancer, keeping them together and connected to people who support them; and Network Rail connecting communities, helping them to maintain relationships and access jobs and education.