Posted on Monday 15 April 2019

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J D Wetherspoon hits £17million milestone in support of children and young people with cancer

J D Wetherspoon staff and customers have continued the pub chain’s incredible fundraising efforts for CLIC Sargent to reach a fantastic £17 million for children and young people with cancer.
 
Over the past 17 years, staff and customers have carried out countless fundraising events for the charity, which provides practical, financial and emotional support to children and young people with cancer, and their families. 
 
One of the highlights over the last few months was the chain’s national darts tournament, which raised over £200,000 and involved 515 pub teams.  

The partnership between J D Wetherspoon and CLIC Sargent began when pub chain founder Tim Martin sat opposite the then Chief Executive of the charity on a train. They struck up a conversation and Tim was inspired to launch a partnership, with an initial target of £100,000. The reaction from staff was overwhelmingly positive, causing the fundraising target to be raised each year.  
 
CLIC Sargent Lead Account Manager Liz Lowrey said: “We are delighted to be celebrating this incredible fundraising milestone with our friends at J D Wetherspoon. The support and dedication of staff and their pub communities continues to amaze us year on year and we are incredibly grateful for their continued commitment to helping young lives against cancer.  
 
“The funds raised make a huge difference to what we can do to support children and young people with cancer, and their families. CLIC Sargent is there from diagnosis onwards to provide grants as well as help such as social workers who give practical and emotional support and Homes from Home near hospitals where parents can stay during their child’s treatment.” 
 
Regional Manager and Charity Rep for J D Wetherspoon Richard Marriner said: “The partnership between J D Wetherspoon and CLIC Sargent has been great for Wetherspoon pubs and their customers. Through CLIC Sargent we have managed to put on a host of events to raise money for a worthwhile cause.

“Whether it is baking a cake, organising a quiz or a raffle, persuading someone to have their head shaved or even jump out of a plane, the opportunities for the pub teams or customers to do something new and unique whilst raising money and creating a great atmosphere in our pubs shows why the relationship works so well. Reaching £17 million is a fantastic achievement and I hope it won’t be long before we hit the next milestone.” 

For more information about CLIC Sargent, an interview or images, please contact Jack Wilson on 020 8752 2833 or jack.wilson@clicsargent.org.uk. Out of hours contact 08448 481189.

 
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 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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