Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2019

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Metcalfe’s® raises more than £100,000 to support children and young people with cancer

Popular snack brand Metcalfe’s® has raised more than £100,000 through popcorn sales for partner charity CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

Metcalfe’s® began supporting CLIC Sargent in 2014 and pledged to raise £30,000 for the charity. For each pack of Sea Salt flavour popcorn sold, a donation is made to help the charity provide practical, financial and emotional support to children and young people with cancer, and their families.

By raising £100,000 for the charity, Metcalfe’s® has helped fund CLIC Sargent social workers and Homes from Home for families, making it possible to support young cancer patients like Anna Stark, from London.

Anna Stark was supported by CLIC Sargent. Metcalfe's fundraising means the charity can continue to be there for children and young people living with cancer.

At the age of just 20 years, Anna, a student at University of Bristol, was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2017 after discovering a lump in her neck by her collarbone.

Anna said: “Being diagnosed with cancer made me feel defenceless and like what was left of my independence was being taken away from me. I was facing an uncertain future and didn’t know what to do next.”

In June 2018, one year after her original diagnosis, the cancer came back and Anna unfortunately relapsed. She started a more intense chemotherapy treatment and received a stem cell transplant, forcing her to take more time off university.

“I felt a lot of frustration that the last year of treatment had been for nothing. I knew the treatment for the relapse would then be significantly more intense and I knew it was going to be worse.

“It just felt like even when this is dealt with how am I ever going to know when I have relapsed again.

“With the transplant, I ended up having blood clots in my heart and lungs and had to spend time on cardio ward for a week. Popcorn was one of the only things I could eat that didn’t hurt my mouth too much and didn’t make me throw up.”

During this difficult time, Anna received support from a CLIC Sargent social worker. She also became a member of the CLIC Sargent Young Person Reference Group, which gives young people a chance to meet and provide support to those who have had similar experiences.

I just want to say thank you to Metcalfe’s®, as its fundraising and support has enabled me to do all the stuff with CLIC Sargent, which has made a massive difference to my life. CLIC Sargent’s help has supported me in so many ways; I don’t know how I would have been able to move on without it.”

Anna said: “A student loan isn’t designed to cover the costs of cancer. Luckily I met my CLIC Sargent social worker, Suzie, the first day I was diagnosed and she helped me with all the non-medical related things.

“Without the group and CLIC Sargent, I would’ve been lost during and after treatment. I just want to say thank you to Metcalfe’s®, as its fundraising and support has enabled me to do all the stuff with CLIC Sargent, which has made a massive difference to my life. CLIC Sargent’s help has supported me in so many ways; I don’t know how I would have been able to move on without it.”

Ruth Hall, Partnership Development Executive for CLIC Sargent, said: “We can’t thank Metcalfe’s® enough for believing in our cause and helping us support children and young people with cancer like Anna. With Metcalfe’s® incredible commitment to fundraise more than £100,000, CLIC Sargent will continue to be able to be there for more families facing cancer.”

Sam Garnham, Senior Brand Manager at Metcalfe’s said: “We’re delighted to have been able to raise this incredible amount of money for CLIC Sargent over the years and would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their continued support.

“It’s fantastic to see how the money raised can make a real difference to a patients’ journey through such a difficult time and we admire all of the continued hard work provided by the CLIC Sargent team.”

For more information about Metcalfe’s® partnership with CLIC Sargent, visit metcalfesskinny.com/clic-sargent. For more information about CLIC Sargent’s work, visit https://www.clicsargent.org.uk/.

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For any media enquiries, please call Lucre on 020 8741 5900 or e-mail metcalfes@lucre.co.uk

Notes to editors

For more information, an interview or images, please contact the CLIC Sargent media team on +44 (0)20 8752 2812 or email jessica.rees@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

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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