CLIC Sargent would like to say a big thank you to the 24 volunteers from Berkshire Freemasons who took part in a bucket collection for CLIC Sargent at Reading Train Station in March.
Paul Watson, the Berkshire Provincial Grand Charity Steward, said: “It was my first time bucket collecting and personally, I found it a most rewarding experience.
"Sometimes, one feels invisible. Many people use their mobile phones to avoid eye contact, or learn to side step past you with no acknowledgement. I have never seen so many people running past me to catch a train or exit the station!
"But those people who gave just a little, or gave generously, or those who just said 'thank you for collecting', or said that CLIC Sargent had helped someone in their family - those little moments during the day made it completely worth every minute of our time spent there.”
The customers at Reading Train station were very generous which meant Berkshire Freemasons raised £1,537 for CLIC Sargent.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Liz Blunt said: “The Berkshire Freemasons are celebrating their 300th anniversary this year and when they have such a busy year, we really appreciate their huge support.
"The majority of children and young people from Berkshire with cancer are treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. We offer free accommodation for families near the hospital in CLIC Court, which is one of our Homes from Home.
"The money they have raised would pay for a family to stay for six weeks in CLIC Court, so a huge thank you to all the volunteers and in particular to Paul for all the time he spent on organising the day and counting the money afterwards.”