Carnival success pushes Morrisons fundraising past £2m

Kind-hearted Morrisons colleagues have staged their biggest-ever fundraiser by netting more than half a million pounds in a fortnight. That brings the total raised by Morrisons to more than £2m since February.

Myra Smith, community champion at Dumfries, with other Morrisons colleagues during carnival fortnight. The event raised £506,000 for CLIC Sargent

Morrisons colleagues across the UK held two weeks of carnival celebrations raising money for CLIC Sargent – the UKs biggest charity supporting children and young people with cancer, and the supermarket’s charity partner. From traditional fetes to Caribbean carnivals, employees at the chain’s 490 stores and 22 sites got into the party atmosphere and pulled out all the stops to raise a staggering £253,000 for CLIC Sargent. That total was then match-funded by the Morrisons Foundation to make £506,000 to help children, young people and their families affected by cancer.

£2m milestone

The success of the fundraiser means Morrisons has now raised £2.1million for CLIC Sargent since the partnership started in January this year. Kate Lightfoot, Senior Account Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “The dedication of colleagues at every level of the organization has been incredible. We are well on our way to achieving our £8m target over the partnership’s three year term; money which will transform the support we can give to young people, children and families to limit the damage cancer causes beyond health.”

In Hampshire, the Farnborough store raised a staggering £4163, with four other stores in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Devizes, Hillsborough in Sheffield and Anlaby in Hull all raising more than £3000 before match-funding. 

Denise Lees-Powell, Community Champion at Morrisons in Farnborough, said:

“Our colleagues really enjoyed our carnival fortnight. It was easily the best event we have run in our store. We held a sponsored walk and staff dressing-up day, which were very popular – and of course the raffles too. Staff and customers are very happy to support the fantastic work that CLIC Sargent does helping the families of children affected by cancer.”

Morrisons colleagues chose CLIC Sargent to be its charity partner following a staff vote in January this year. All money raised will provide five new nurse educators, who can educate other health, social care and education professionals close to patients’ homes so they don’t need to travel miles for specialist care. It will also fund Home Hubs next to specialist cancer treatment hospitals, so families can take a break from hospital life or do simple things like wash clothes and prepare a meal. The partnership fundraising will also allow CLIC Sargent to extend the grants it offers to families to ease the financial burden of cancer, which is on average £600 a month per family.

For more information, an interview or images please contact Ellie Agnew, Communications Officer at CLIC Sargent, on 07771824563 or by emailing ellie.agnew@clicsargent.org.uk.

 

About cancer in children and young people

Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

 

About CLIC Sargent

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

 

Note to sub editors

Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.  

 

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