A Staffordshire man set up a Facebook group called ‘The Charity Team’ to raise money for local causes, including CLIC Sargent, by auctioning off donated items.
Simon Holbrook, 37, of Burton-on-Trent, started the online group in December 2015 with the aim of choosing a different charity to support every two months. The group currently has 3,300 members.
Simon said: “I chose CLIC Sargent for my first charity to help because I am extremely passionate about children’s causes and cancer is something that touches so many families.
“I wanted to concentrate on trying raise as much money as possible and also to raise as much recognition for CLIC Sargent to make people aware of what an incredible charity it is and how it helps children with cancer and their families.”
Through the use of Twitter and Facebook, Simon and his supporters were able to persuade celebrities such as Fleur East, Barry McGuigan and Carl Froch to donate signed items to be sold for donations offered on Facebook. Gogglebox star Baasit Siddiqui also offered up signed copies of the official Gogglebox book, calendar and board game.
It wasn’t only celebrities who came forward to help, but also local businesses, including Jane’s Frames, which donated a personalised family tree frame and Angie Doughty who offered venue hire complete with a buffet for 100 people.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Anna Finnegan said: “The Charity Team has done an incredible job raising £2,800 to help children and young people with cancer.
“The money raised will help CLIC Sargent make a difference to the life of a child who has cancer and their family. It could help provide up to 12 week's accommodation at Billy’s House in Nottingham, one of CLIC Sargent’s Home from Homes.
“I want to say a really big thank you to Simon, The Charity Team, all those who donated items and everyone who pledged support by bidding on items.”