A chance meeting on a train has led to an incredible £10million being raised by Britain’s biggest pub chain J D Wetherspoon for cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Staff and customers have been fundraising for the past 13 years for the charity, which supports children and young people with cancer, and their families.
J D Wetherspoon pubs across the country will be holding a day of celebrations on March 2 to mark the £10million milestone.
The partnership began when J D Wetherspoon Founder and Chairman Tim Martin met the then Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent on a train in 2002.
An initial fundraising target of £500,000 was set but the response from staff was so huge that each year the target was increased. Since 2010 the company has raised at least £1million a year for CLIC Sargent.
Highlights include the annual Kick five-a-side football tournament, a darts tournament and regular fundraising events in the 920 pubs across the UK.
Individual staff members have taken on challenges and fundraising stunts as well as taking part in CLIC Sargent’s UK-wide fundraising event Wig Wednesday, which sees people wearing wigs for the day to support children and young people who may lose their hair through cancer treatment.
J D Wetherspoon has now committed to supporting the charity until 2020.
Support from staff and customers
J D Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin said: “I am so proud of everyone at J D Wetherspoon and our loyal customers for all their hard work in raising £10million for CLIC Sargent.
"The partnership with this wonderful charity may have started from a chance meeting but it is the dedication and commitment of everyone at J D Wetherspoon which has led to this terrific milestone."
The money raised has already helped hundreds of young cancer patients and their families, and we’re committed to helping many more.
CLIC Sargent Chief Executive Lorraine Clifton said: “We are delighted that J D Wetherspoon has reached the £10million milestone for CLIC Sargent.
"This is an incredible achievement and we are extremely grateful for the enthusiasm and dedication shown by all the staff and customers who have been tirelessly fundraising for us since 2002.
“J D Wetherspoon is our longest-standing corporate partner and has shown huge support to CLIC Sargent. The funds will help us in our work supporting children and young people whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer, providing practical, emotional and financial support from the point of diagnosis onwards.”
Visit your local Wetherspoon pub to find out what activities they have planned.