Save the date
CLIC Sargent representatives are inviting locals to take part in ‘Odd Shoe Tuesday’ on Tuesday 11 September 2018.
To take part, locals can wear odd shoes for a day and make a donation (minimum of £1) in aid of CLIC Sargent’s new Southampton Home from Home appeal.
The fundraising appeal has been launched to transform a former Southampton bed and breakfast into a new haven for young cancer patients and their families.
Our plans to relocate our Southampton Home from Home which will provide free accommodation and support for young people during treatment and will have two more rooms than is currently available.
There is a growing need for more space in Southampton and this new Haven will help us to reach even more families that need us.
There’s no place like home
Odd Shoe Tuesday is a novel idea by local CLIC Sargent volunteer, Corinne Connolly, who was inspired by reading the story of Cassey Abella, six, also from Guernsey, in the Press & Star, who stayed at the previous Home from Home after a shock cancer diagnosis.
Corinne said: "When Guernsey children like Cassey and young people face cancer, the nearest specialist cancer centre is Southampton Hospital.
"As well the huge emotional costs of cancer, families also have to suffer financial costs.
"I am aware of the great work that CLIC Sargent does to support Guernsey families at a harrowing time."
"One of the ways they help is by providing free self-catered accommodation in a “Home from Home”. The charity are currently refurbishing a new home and need our help.
"I really hope that local businesses, schools and individuals will join us on 11 September with Odd Shoe Tuesday. We ask for a minimum donation of £1 to wear a non-matching pairs of shoes to work, school or out and about! The money raised will go towards to Jean’s House in Southampton which will benefit Guernsey families.”
Fun-raising for vital support
Janet Abella, Cassey Abella’s mum, said: “It’s brilliant to hear that people have been inspired by Cassey to raise funds for Jean’s House. She thinks it’s great that everyone will have fun and look a little bit silly whilst helping the charity that means so much to us.
“The Home from Home was so important to keep us together as family so I’m proud to be part of a campaign that will help other families like ours in the future.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager for the Channel Islands Liz Blunt said: “Many families from the Channel Islands who have their world turned upside down after a cancer diagnosis find themselves many miles from home staying in Southampton so its hugely important that Jean’s House is there for them.
“I really hope that everyone in Guernsey gets involved in this campaign and has a bit of fun whilst safe in the knowledge that they are making a huge difference for children and young people with cancer.”