Cancer Home from Home gets a garden facelift from People’s Postcode Lottery volunteers

Green-fingered volunteers from People’s Postcode Lottery put in some gardening work at a Glasgow home for young cancer patients.

Players Postcode Lottery volunteers at Marion’s House, CLIC Sargent's Home from Home in Glasgow

CLIC Sargent, the charity which fights for young lives struck by cancer in the UK, receives incredible support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery and invited the charity lottery team along to volunteer and learn more about its work.

Marion’s House, the charity’s Home from Home in Glasgow, provides free accommodation for families while a young patient is undergoing treatment at the nearby Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

In 2016, players of People’s Postcode Lottery raised £2,556,254 for the charity.

Visiting the house on March 1, the seven People’s Postcode Lottery volunteers helped out with jobs around the garden and spent time with house staff learning about the support the home provides.

Volunteer Diane Goodwin said: “We had a fantastic day. We got a few blisters from the gardening, but it was a lovely day in the sunshine. The garden will be a lovely place for the children and families when they are able to get out and about.

“Such amazing work is done at Marion’s House. I learned a lot about the charity that I didn’t know and am sharing my stories with colleagues.”

House Manager Tracy Rodger said: “The volunteers came for a springtime spruce up, including weeding, pruning and planting. They filled tubs with spring flowers, tulips, daffodils, iris and helped pot up several spider plant babies to help us bring the outdoors indoors and freshen up our foyer. 

“They were so willing and hard-working and the weather was kind here in ‘Sunny Govan’. They did such a great job that we have asked them to dust off their wellies and come back again.”

Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news they have cancer. CLIC Sargent is there to help families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. To find out more visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

For more information on the support provided by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, visit https://www.postcodelottery.co.uk/good-causes/charities/clic-sargent

For more information, an interview or images please contact Nick Edmondson on 020 8752 2856 or email nick.edmondson@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

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

Note to sub editors

Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.   

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