Charity shop celebrates 25 years of successful fundraising

Staff and volunteers at a popular charity shop celebrated 25 years of supporting children and young people with cancer.

The milestone was marked at the CLIC Sargent shop, in Staple Hill, Bristol with a party for customers and supporters on Monday 26 October.

Charity shop celebrates 25 years of successful fundraising

The High Street store was first opened in 1990 by pop star David Essex, who provided signed pictures to be given as prizes at the celebration party.

Over the quarter century of being open, the store is estimated to have raised more than £1million for the charity.

CLIC Sargent Head of Trading, Jeremy Lune, said: “A huge thank you is owed to everybody who has volunteered, shopped or donated to our Staple Hill shop over the past 20 years.

“Without your support, we would be unable to provide the emotional, practical, financial and clinical support that children and young people so desperately need to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life."

The anniversary was also marked by the retirement celebration of veteran volunteer Pat Phipps, who stepped down after more than 20 years of service. 

Store manager Teresa Tyson said: “CLIC Sargent owes dedicated volunteers like Pat, and her fellow volunteer Pat Smith, who has also been supporting the shop for more than 20 years, a huge debt of gratitude. Their tireless support is inspirational and has helped to ensure the shop’s years of success.

“We are very grateful for the support the local community has shown for us over the last 25 years. The money raised by the shop has helped CLIC Sargent support children and young people from diagnosis onwards, supporting their families as they deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment.”

For more information, an interview or high resolution 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

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

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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