Christopher, a pupil at Great Walstead in Sussex, has given his school’s CLIC Sargent fundraising a huge boost, raising over £1,000 with a performance at a local Jazz and Pimms Festival.
Great Walstead School has been fundraising for CLIC Sargent since two of their pupils were diagnosed with cancer and received support from the teams at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Royal Marsden.
This year the parents association, Friends of Great Walstead Association, organised a spectacular Rio Ball. The event raised £5,000 through a night of carnival thoroughly enjoyed by all, with auction items and prizes generously donated by parents and local businesses.
Inspired to help
Christopher, 12, was inspired to get involved after his parents attended the evening. He said: “I found out about the work that CLIC Sargent does because they are helping two children at my school who are having treatment for cancer.”
“When I was seven my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had to have a lot of treatment. It started with surgery, then he had radiotherapy and when I was nine he had to have chemotherapy. That was the hardest part as he got very tired and lost his hair and many people didn't understand. If you are only a child and you have been diagnosed with cancer, that must be so tough.
“I love performing so I would like to use my singing to let people know about what CLIC Sargent does for children with cancer and help raise money for them.”
Thank you Christopher
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Helen Farquharson said: “We love working with Great Walstead School, and it always a pleasure to go in to talk to the pupils about why their support is so important.
"We were very touched to receive a letter from Christopher explaining why he wanted to add his help, and delighted that he has used his talents to raise such a significant sum. These funds will help CLIC Sargent to be there not only for Great Walstead pupils who are having treatment for cancer, but for the other young people who need us.”