Champion jump jockey AP McCoy was one of a host of sporting legends who supported a fundraising event held at Royal Windsor Race course last night (22 June) for CLIC Sargent. The event was also attended by One Direction singer Liam Payne.
Former Ireland rugby union star Brian O’Driscoll and golfing pro Paul McGinley also attended The CLIC Sargent Windsor Race Night, which is organised annually by former racing driver and team owner Eddie Jordan, and his wife Marie. The event last night raised an incredible £600,000.
Now in its 10th year, in total racegoers have raised over £2million to support the charity’s work providing emotional, practical, financial and clinical support to help children and young people through cancer treatment.
AP McCoy said: “Being a jockey is tough and you take some knocks along the way, but it’s nothing compared to what young people and children with cancer go through.
"The work CLIC Sargent does to help them and their families cope with cancer treatment and get the most out of life is amazing.”
Racegoers met Emily Davies, 25, from Sutton Vallance, Kent, who has been supported by CLIC Sargent for the past two years.
Emily was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer in 2013, and again when the cancer returned in 2014.
She has since finished her second course of treatment, and returned to her job as a drama teacher.
Emily said: “My parents live five hours away, so when I was being treated at the Royal Marsden in London, Lara from CLIC Sargent was a massive support.
"She was always there to talk things through and explain things. She even visited me wearing a Geiger counter when I had to be in a lead-lined room for four days after my radioactive iodine therapy.
“Knowing that there’s always someone there for you makes a massive difference.”
Eddie Jordan said: “You cannot help but be touched by the stories of the young people and children with cancer that CLIC Sargent supports, which is why I am a proud and long-term supporter of this fantastic charity.”
Lara Perkins, CLIC Sargent Social Work Assistant, said: “CLIC Sargent is almost entirely dependent on donations, so it really is due to the generosity of people like the Jordans that we’re able to be there for the people who need us. It was great to meet them in person to say thank you.”
At the event, Celtic FC Foundation made a donation of £60,000 towards CLIC Sargent’s new Home from Home in Glasgow, which is due to open in August 2015.
CLIC Sargent Homes from Home are vital for families who regularly travel large distances for their child to be treated for cancer. They provide free self-catering accommodation, just a short walk from the hospital, so that the family (parents or carers and siblings) can stay together at this difficult time.
Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation said: “The new Home from Home will make such a difference to the lives of the 300 children and young people who are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland every year.
“I hope our donation to CLIC Sargent will make life just that little bit easier to manage for families going through the hardest of times.
“Celtic FC Foundation prioritises its work around Health, Equality, Learning and Poverty and we are delighted to be making a contribution for this very worthwhile initiative.”
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are delighted to make this donation and assist the magnificent work of CLIC Sargent, such a well respected charity.
“Celtic is hugely supportive of the work which the charity carries out fighting cancer and we know the positive impact which this work has on the day to day lives of so many young people.”
“The Home from Home concept is fantastic and allows families to be together in such difficult times.”
“We are once again pleased to partner with CLIC Sargent in trying to make a positive difference to the lives of others and we very much look forward to the opening of the new development in Glasgow. We are sure this will be a huge success.”
The event was generously sponsored by The Reuben Foundation and Lansdowne Partners.
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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 its impact on their lives. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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.
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