Linda Hemmings, Zara’s mum said: “Zara was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in February 2016.
"Immediately support from CLIC Sargent was just overwhelming; from a room in CLIC House whilst Zara was in hospital, to Jenny the CLIC Sargent Nurse who comes to our house and the nurses and CLIC Sargent Social Worker at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, the support is so comforting.”
The night included a two-course evening meal, a comedian, auction and raffle, finishing off with a live band.
Zara said: “The local support that we received and people's generosity was heart warming and we managed to raise a total of £16,022. This has been split between the Oncology Fund at Royal Devon Exeter Hospital and CLIC Sargent.”
Making a difference
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton said: “Zara and her family have done a fantastic job of organising what was clearly an unbelievably successful evening. I cannot thank everyone involved enough for their support, hard work and generosity.”
The money raised from the event could fund a room in one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home for eight months, providing free self-catering accommodation near to specialist children’s cancer treatment centres, which are often many miles from a family’s own home.
Staying in a Home from Home ensures a family can not only be close to their child during treatment, but also elevates any financial concerns on where to stay. If they are well enough, the child or young person can stay there too.
These homes save families on average £2,140 and the average stay in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home is 23 days.