Supported and funded by Saffery Champness, the two lucky boys, Callum, 14, and Zack, eight, along with their parents, were flown to the UK and given a private tour of the top secret McLaren Technology Factory, headquarters of the McLaren Group in Woking, Surrey.
McLaren, whose F1 racing drivers include ex-local resident Jenson Button, provided the families with a busy itinerary learning about historical cars, an overview of McLaren Automotive and McLaren Group Companies as well as an in-depth look at McLaren Racing.
Zack, who lives in Alderney has just finished three years of treatment and was thrilled with the trip. His dad Dave said, “As we drove into the complex, passing all the security, we could see the massive McLaren signs ahead of us and the boys started to get very excited. We were radioed through and it felt like something out of James Bond.”
Callum, who has also finished his treatment, couldn’t quite describe what his favourite part of the day was, saying the whole experience was amazing, but Zack’s face lit up at the mention of seeing the race car belonging to the late racing driver Ayrton Senna.
Belinda Netherton, Chairman of CLIC Sargent Guernsey, is thankful to Saffery Champness for organising and funding fantastic trips like this one.
Belinda said, "These children and their families have not had it easy and we are so lucky to be able to organise a treat for them that they will never forget. It’s thanks to Saffery Champness that we have been able to do all this for Zack and Callum. The company is helping us to raise awareness of the local branch of CLIC Sargent and how we can help and support those children, and their families, whose lives are affected by cancer. An added bonus like this trip is really the icing on the cake."
Earlier this year Saffery Champness announced that it was partnering up with the local branch of CLIC Sargent to help both with fundraising, and raising awareness of the charity and what support it can offer local families.
Lisa Vizia, director at Saffery Champness, said, "It’s more than just handing over a cheque; we see our association with CLIC Sargent as a real partnership. We have set up an in-house CLIC Sargent committee which is busy developing, planning and organising lots of initiatives to help raise money for CLIC Sargent. We also have a member of staff on the CLIC Sargent Guernsey committee and are heavily involved in the charity. In helping to build awareness of the charity we hope to attract more volunteers to assist them in the good work they do in Guernsey.”
The local CLIC Sargent branch of Guernsey supports Bailiwick children on-island and in the UK. They raise funds for CLIC Haven, a ‘home from home’ which offers free accommodation to families while their children are undergoing treatment at Southampton General Hospital.