Young lives struck by cancer were given a £5,000 fundraising boost as CLIC Sargent was invited to collect money at the Kaiser Chiefs’ recent national tour.
Fundraisers for the charity, which supports cancer patients under the age of 25, attended gigs across the UK. Young people supported by the charity were also given the chance to meet the band backstage, as well as joining them for their sound checks at the London O2, Manchester Arena and First Direct Arena, Leeds.
Rix is a keen supporter of the charity, regularly taking part in its Music Programme, which sees young cancer patients take part in residential trips and workshops with musicians to practice their performance and songwriting skills.
Rix said: “CLIC Sargent does brilliant work and it really helps in areas that people might not expect. The social and emotional support that CLIC Sargent provides is so important.
“The charity helps these young people come out of the other side of a cancer experience with a positive attitude and boosts their confidence and skills. The Music Programme lets them create a space that doesn’t get controlled by cancer, and that’s great.”
The final total raised has reached £5,429.
Phil Day, Music Coordinator for CLIC Sargent, said: “Coming along to the tour has been a fantastic experience to our young people and we have raised thousands of pounds from the collections. We are hugely grateful for the Kaiser Chiefs’ support.”
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About cancer in children and young people
Today, 11 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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