Jonnie Peacock, the Paralympic 100 metres record holder, met children who are being supported by CLIC Sargent at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Friday 14 December.
Jonnie, 19, met the children on Lion and Elephant Wards and gave out presents as part of CLIC Sargent’s Big Bucket Collection which is taking place during Child Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM).
"I’m happy to support CLIC Sargent and give my backing to their Big Bucket Collection," said Jonnie. "It’s been lovely meeting the children today and watching them enjoy their Christmas presents, it’s good to see the difference the charity is making to the children and young people with cancer."
The Big Bucket Collection is held every December as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Volunteers are raising funds to help CLIC Sargent support more children and young people with cancer by holding Big Bucket Collections throughout the UK.
This December, CLIC Sargent is highlighting the impact of cancer on the school life of primary school children. Staying in school can be difficult for children undergoing cancer treatment. It may be difficult for them to keep up with schoolwork and also to stay in touch with friends, which can make them feel isolated and left out.
CLIC Sargent do all they can to help – their care professionals aim to support the whole family throughout treatment. Where possible, they can go into schools to help a child’s classmates understand what is happening during and after cancer treatment. They also provide a wide range of valuable information to support children, their parents and teachers.
"We want to ensure children of primary school age diagnosed with cancer, their families and their schools have the information and support they need, so that children can continue with their education, and get the most out of life during and after their cancer treatment," said Lucy Caldicott, CLIC Sargent Director of Fundraising.
"We want to say a big thank you to all our generous bucket collectors for giving their time to CLIC Sargent this December and helping the charity to reach more young children and families that really need our support."
CLIC Sargent corporate partner J D Wetherspoon is supporting the Big Bucket Collection in over 860 pubs around the country. The partnership began in 2002 and has raised £6 million to date.