Posted on Friday 7 February 2020
J D Wetherspoon hits £18 million 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, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, to reach £18 million.
Over the past 17 years, staff and customers have carried out countless fundraising events for CLIC Sargent, 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 five-a-side football tournament – KICK for CLIC Sargent.
The annual tournament, in it’s 17th year saw over 4000 members of staff taking part in 17 heats across the UK. The lucky finalists got to play on the hallowed turf of Wembley (no not that Wembley… Goals in Wembley), after which the winners and runners up were presented with trophies and medal by Sofyan, a young football fanatic who had his leg amputated as a result of his cancer treatment and was supported throughout by CLIC Sargent.
CLIC Sargent Lead Account Manager Liz Lowrey said: “An incredible £400,000 was raised during KICK for CLIC Sargent this year, contributing to the colossal £18 million that J D Wetherspoon has raised to stop cancer destroying young lives. This will allow us to continue our vital services and support more families like Sofyan’s.
“CLIC Sargent is there right from when the doctor says ‘it’s cancer’ to provide financial grants to help families cope with costs of cancer, we provide social workers who give practical and emotional support and Home from Homes near hospitals where parents can stay for free during their child’s treatment when they find themselves many miles from home.”
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.
“Whether it is baking a cake, kicking a football or persuading someone to shave their head, the pub teams are always keen to get behind such a wonderful cause and be part of Team Young Lives. Reaching £18 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’s work, go to www.clicsargent.org.uk
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
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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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