Golden partnership with J D Wetherspoon raises £7 million for CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, is this month celebrating raising £7m through its 11-year partnership with J D Wetherspoon.

Over the ten years to September 2012, the partnership raised £6m through monthly fundraising events, collections and staff taking part in runs and challenges for CLIC Sargent.

Staff and customers of J D Wetherspoon have made tremendous efforts to keep the money flowing in this year.

More than half of the 870 pubs from around the country submitted a team and pulled on their football boots for a company-wide tournament which raised over £380,000 as part of Kick! for CLIC Sargent.

By being part of Child Cancer Awareness Month in December 2012, pubs raised £290,000 through taking part in the Big Bucket Collection, holding events and stocking pin badges.

In January 2013 the first national darts championship brought in more than £27,000 and last month eight staff ran the London Marathon collectively raising over £10,000.

“This is a towering achievement by J D Wetherspoon and it means everything to the children and young people and their families whom we look after,” said CLIC Sargent Chief Executive Lorraine Clifton.

“Every penny raised means we can help more children and young people and their families coping with cancer. That is priceless.”

“Wetherspoon’s long standing support has meant we have been able to continue our vital work, providing practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people with cancer, and their families. At present we only reach two out of three children and young people with cancer, but the company’s continuous commitment until 2015 will help us move closer to closing that gap.”

Tim Martin, founder and chairman highlighted that: ”Wetherspoon is proud to be associated with such a wonderful charity as CLIC Sargent. We are delighted that our fundraising figure now stands at £7 million. Our customers and staff have supported CLIC Sargent for many years and we look forward to raising even more money in the future.”

Picture caption

Celebrating raising £7m, left to right: Tim Martin, Chairman and Founder - J D Wetherspoon; Dara de Burca, Director of Services-CLIC Sargent; Michelle Potter, whose family has received support from CLIC Sargent; Caroline Walters, Head of Corporate Affairs, J D Wetherspoon. 

Notes to editors

For more information, an interview or images please contact Sue Royal on 020 8752 2833/07771 830 960 or email: sue.royal@clicsargent.org.uk.

Outside office hours please call 0844 8481 189.

About childhood cancer

Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news 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

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information, please 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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