CLIC Sargent has been chosen as the new charity partner for Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which aims to raise £1million.
MAG serves more than 48 million passengers every year through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.
CLIC Sargent was chosen by the airport group after staff were polled to find out which cause they would like to support.
Rachel Kirby Rider, Director of Fundraising at CLIC Sargent, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Manchester Airports Group has selected CLIC Sargent as its new charity partner.
“Through its four airports, MAG has touch points with thousands of employees and millions of passengers, many of whom can relate to our cause either directly or indirectly, as every day 10 children and young people in the UK are told that they have cancer.
“When a child or young person is diagnosed with cancer, normal life stops. It can be a devastating experience for the whole family. Treatment is often gruelling and can be given a long way from home.
“The stress of dealing with the emotional strain, along with practical and financial concerns, can be overwhelming. Each family’s experience of cancer is different. We know this because we take time to listen and understand.
“Our aim is to help ensure that the whole family receives the support which works best for them and the generosity of MAG, through its employees and passengers, will ultimately help us continue to support children and young people with cancer, and their families.”
Charlie Cornish, CEO of MAG, said: “We’re very much part of the local communities that surround out sites, which is why we are committed to giving something back and ensuring that we make a lasting and impactful contribution to society.
“Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and the emotional, practical and financial implications of treatment are intensely challenging for the whole family, so we are pleased to announce CLIC Sargent as our new charity partner.
“We asked our employees who they wanted to support and we look forward to supporting and fundraising in aid of this fantastic charity that provides support for children and young people with cancer and supports their families.
“The advantage of working with CLIC is employees will be able to see the difference our support makes right across all the communities at our airports as the money raised will purely be used within our regions.”
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About cancer in children and young people
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 visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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