The company, which has hundreds of pubs across the UK, has been supporting the children and young people’s cancer charity for 12 years with staff regularly taking part in challenges, fundraising events and collections.
One of the highlights over the last few months was a darts tournament, which raised more than £140,000 and involved 380 pub teams. Staff also transformed their hair for the day by taking part in CLIC Sargent’s Wig Wednesday event, raising £54,800.
Pub employees are now working towards the £10million milestone with plans to raise at least £500,000 with the fundraising football event Kick, which will see dozens J D Wetherspoon pubs across the country competing.
The £9million total includes £100,000 which has been raised by J D Wetherspoon towards CLIC Sargent’s Northern Ireland Appeal to build two homes from home in Belfast where children, young people and their families can stay free of charge near cancer treatment centres.
CLIC Sargent patron and former boxer Barry McGuigan accepted the cheque for £9million on behalf of the charity.
He said: “This is an incredible amount of money that has been raised by J D Wetherspoon. I’m so impressed with the determination and dedication shown by staff and customers to support this fantastic charity.
“I’m also delighted to see how J D Wetherspoon has been so supportive of the Homes from Home Appeal in Belfast. These homes will make a huge difference to children, young people and their families coping with cancer.”
J D Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin said: “It’s a wonderful achievement by our staff and customers and I’m delighted we have now reached the £9million milestone.
“I’m sure it won’t be long before we celebrate reaching £10million as J D Wetherspoon is passionate about supporting this fantastic charity and the work it does supporting children and young people with cancer.”