Throughout 2015 the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, known as the ‘Buffs’ and one of the largest fraternal organisations in the world which dedicates itself to raising funds for good causes, raised £7,700 for CLIC Sargent.
Neil Smith, of Beccles, was last year pronounced Provincial Grand Primo of Lowestoft and District, and took it upon himself to focus the Buffs' fundraising efforts on CLIC Sargent – setting himself an ambitious target of £6,000.
Supported by fellow Buffs and his wife, Janet, Neil exceeded his target by holding bucket collections, raffles, and even a tombola while wearing brightly coloured wigs in Lowestoft as part of CLIC Sargent's Wig Wednesday.
Neil said: “The generosity of passers by has been incredible. People who have been directly affected by childhood cancer have shared their stories with me and made donations; one kind American tourist even donated £20 to the bucket!”
A local respect officer for The Norfolk and Suffolk Youth Football League, Neil approached chairman Shaun Platten, who agreed to help raise funds for CLIC Sargent by organising the league’s first ever charity match and various gate-collections throughout the year.
Neil said: “During the cheque presentation to CLIC Sargent, I was extremely touched to receive a handmade thank you card from a local young cancer patient which really brought home to me what a difference our fundraising can make.”
Neil added: “I would like to thank all the Buffaloes and all the Lodges of Lowestoft and District, as well as all the teams from the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth Football League.
"Everyone has been a great support throughout my year of fundraising; I couldn’t have done it without them.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner said: “We are so grateful to Neil for his hard work and passion this past year.”