Staff of J D Wetherspoon are celebrating having raised an incredible £14 million to support young lives struck by cancer with CLIC Sargent.
The landmark total means the pub company has raised almost the equivalent of £1 million every year since a partnership was formed with the charity back in 2002.
Representatives of J D Wetherspoon were thanked by a young cancer patient who was supported by the charity, as they celebrated the total at London’s Metropolitan Bar.
Bradley Gudger, 23, from Rotherhithe, was supported by CLIC Sargent after having been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in June 2013, when he was aged 19 and studying for his A-levels.
During his treatment he struggled with the physical effects, as well as the emotional impact of having to put his life on hold. He was paired with a CLIC Sargent Social Worker.
He said: “She was so supportive and talked me through the benefits system and student finance when I was so out of my depth.
“I didn’t seek out the support, they came to me which was so important because I didn’t know they were out there.
"They helped me with everything and really listened which makes a massive difference. It would have been overwhelming without their help.
“This fundraising total is just fantastic. Thanks to the support of J D Wetherspoon staff, so many young people like me will have been helped by CLIC Sargent when they need it most. It will make a real difference to a lot of lives."
J D Wetherspoon is CLIC Sargent’s longest-standing corporate partner. The partnership came about by pure chance, as the pub chain’s founder, Tim Martin, found himself sat opposite the charity’s then chief executive on a train journey. The pair started talking, and by the end of the journey had decided to form a fundraising partnership with a target of £500,000.
Tim Martin said: “When this partnership was launched all of those years ago, we had no idea that it would result in such a spectacular fundraising total for such an important cause.
“All of our J D Wetherspoon staff and customers are passionate about fundraising for the charity and helping to support these families as they go through the hardest of times.
“We are delighted to have reached this landmark total, but that doesn’t mean we will lose momentum. We know that CLIC Sargent wants to be there for every family affected by cancer in the young, and we here at J D Wetherspoon want to help them do that.”
Vital, frontline services
Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income & Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: “Our partnership with J D Wetherspoon has been brilliant right from the start and it keeps getting better and better. All of this support goes toward helping young lives affected by cancer across the UK and we are immensely grateful.
“When a family hears the doctor say the words ‘it’s cancer’, then normal life stops. Treatment can be long and gruelling and often far from home. CLIC Sargent provides vital, frontline services, support, free accommodation at our 10 Homes from Home and financial grants.
“Thanks to the ongoing efforts of great supporters like J D Wetherspoon, we will fight for every young life struck by cancer.”
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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
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