Posted on Wednesday 26 June 2019

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CLIC Sargent reveals limited edition pin badges inspired by cancer survivor stories

This summer, CLIC Sargent and J D Wetherspoon have come together to design three collectable pin badges, each one representing the story of a young cancer survivor, which will be available in pubs across the UK.

J D Wetherspoon, CLIC Sargent’s longest standing corporate partner who have raised £17 million for the charity in 17 years, are asking customers to donate £1 and get their limited edition pin badge. All proceeds from the badges will go to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, who supported all three of the families involved.

The three unique pin badges, available now in J D Wetherspoon pubs, include a dog, a guitar and a shell-shaped pin badge.

Harry’s story

The special dog-shaped badge is based on Harry Batten’s story. Harry Batten, now 18, from Cheltenham, and studying Finance and Accounting at Birmingham City University, was only seven years old when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Following his diagnosis, and many miles from home in Bristol Children’s Hospital, Harry requested a cuddly toy dog that was big enough for him to hug during treatment and had long enough ears to cover its eyes when scared. Amazingly, Harry’s Grandma found the perfect toy who they called ‘Floppychops’ and he has been part of the family ever since

Harry said: “Floppychops has always been there for me and was a really important part of my treatment. He even had a Hickman line put in when I did and his birthday is on the family calendar.

“Floppychops travelled with me to every appointment and became very well known to the doctors and nurses on the wards in Bristol and Gloucester. The doctors were able to show me what was going to happen through Floppychops and it really helped. I hope he can now go on to help others through their treatment, too.”

Read more about Harry

Lucy’s story 

The guitar-shaped pin badge is based on Lucy Pitchford’s story. Lucy Pitchford, 18, from Benfleet, was only a few days away from her sixteenth birthday when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma.

During Lucy’s treatment, music was an escape for her, helping her to go “into her own world”. Lucy was even determined to attend concert gigs and watch some of her favourite bands perform during treatment.

Lucy said: “Music has always been such a large part of my family and my life. It provided me with an escape during treatment away from what was happening on the ward. Certain songs and lyrics really connected with me and helped me get through some of the difficult moments.”

Read more about Lucy

Libby’s story 

The shell-shaped pin badge is based on the story of Libby Welch. Back in 2014, Libby Welch, then 20, first noticed something was wrong whilst enjoying herself at a music festival with her boyfriend when she felt a sharp pain in her back. Libby visited the doctors several times and was misdiagnosed, eventually being diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue sarcoma in January 2015.

As the tumour was so close to her spine, it was decided that conventional radiotherapy would be too risky for her and that proton beam therapy would be best treatment. As the treatment was unavailable in the UK, Libby and her family went over to America.

Libby said: “Mum and I were in America for three months. I had 39 rounds of proton beam therapy in total. As my treatments were in the evenings, Mum and I had the daytime to ourselves. We would go to the nearby beach and walk for hours, just chatting and looking for pretty sea-shells to collect.

“Getting out into the fresh air was really therapeutic and it was lovely to spend so much quality time with her. Over the three month, we collected so many shells. Mum gave me a special jar where I kept thirty nine of the prettiest shells we had collected, each one representing a separate proton beam therapy treatment.”

Read more about Libby

Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income and Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: “We can’t thank all the families enough for sharing these precious items and their stories to help us create these wonderful pin badges.

We hope that people around the UK are inspired to go to their local JD Wetherspoon pub, donate and wear these pin badges with pride. Your support will help more young people like Harry, Lucy and Libby thrive, not just survive, with CLIC Sargent’s help.”

The three limited edition CLIC Sargent pin badges are available now in J D Wetherspoon pubs, £1 suggested donation, all proceeds go to CLIC Sargent. Supporters can also text DONATE to 88010 to donate a further £2 pounds to the cause. For more information about CLIC Sargent’s work, go to www.clicsargent.org.uk.

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