Posted on Monday 21 January 2019

in News

CLIC Sargent pays tribute to Bob Woodward

CLIC Sargent has paid tribute to its founder, Bristolian Bob Woodward, who died on 20 January 2019, aged 85.

CLIC Sargent founder Bob Woodward (second from the right)

CLIC Sargent founder Bob Woodward (second from the right)

In 1976, Bob established the charity CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood) – one of two charities which later merged to form CLIC Sargent. Bob set out on an important mission to improve standards of treatment, care and support for families facing childhood cancer, after his son Robert was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 1974 and sadly died in 1977 aged 11.

When Robert was diagnosed, Bob and his wife Judy suddenly became aware of the issues around cancer in young people and their families, including being a long way from home while receiving treatment. Bob established the very first ‘Home from Home’ in Bristol providing free accommodation for the families of young cancer patients where families could stay together whilst their child is receiving treatment.  CLIC Sargent now has 10 Homes from Home in the UK and is working to build more.

In a short space of time, Bob grew his vision to launch a series of charity shops covering south-west England and in Bristol we saw the first CLIC Sargent funded nurses, specialising in paediatric cancer care. Bob’s charity also began funding paediatric cancer research and gained an army of volunteers.

Bob was awarded an OBE in 2014.

In 2005, CLIC merged with Sargent Cancer Care for Children to become CLIC Sargent. Today, CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer support charity for children, young people and families.

Kate Lee, CEO of CLIC Sargent, said:

“We were really saddened to hear this news and send our heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family and friends at this difficult time.  Many years ago, Bob set out on an incredible mission to improve the treatment options and support available to children and young people with cancer.  There is still a huge need for such support today and his legacy will live on especially in our many services such as our Homes from Home and nursing.

“Bob’s caring nature and his drive to not stop until every child and young person suffering from cancer receives better support, lives on in our charity’s values today. It’s with Bob’s commitment that we continue our mission to be there for the 12 children and young people who hear the devastating news that they have cancer each day.”

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About cancer in children and young people

Today, 12 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

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