Players of People’s Postcode Lottery raise over £6 million for children and young people with cancer.

Children and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent is thanking players of People’s Postcode Lottery for raising over £6 million in just two years for children and young people with cancer across the UK. 

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery raise over £6 million for children and young people with cancer.

Providing vital support

Since 2016, CLIC Sargent has been working with People’s Postcode Lottery, which has promoted a number of draws on the charity’s behalf. All of the funds raised by the players go towards ensuring CLIC Sargent is there to provide vital emotional, practical and financial support to children and young people from the moment the doctor says ‘it’s cancer’. 

In 2016-17, CLIC Sargent supported 7,200 children and young people with cancer, and their families, providing vital practical, emotional and financial support. The money raised will ensure CLIC Sargent continues to support children and young people, just like Olivia Smith. 

22-year-old Olivia Smith was diagnosed with Lymphoma in February this year. During her six months of treatment, Olivia has been supported by a CLIC Sargent social worker who visited her shortly after her diagnosis. Olivia said:

“It was like Beth, my CLIC Sargent social worker, was there to catch me when I was diagnosed. She just came in, and sorted everything out so I could just focus on getting better. She got in touch with my University to let them know what was happening and she’s helped us financially as well, right at the beginning she gave us a grant to help with travel costs and parking at the hospital. 

“Beth also put me in touch with different charities in my area that would help me as well. She comes and sees me as well, just to make sure I’m okay. She just deals with all the stuff that you don’t want to think about when you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer – she let me focus on getting better, which has made a huge difference.

“The money raised from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery is absolutely brilliant, and will help make sure that the children and young people who have cancer will have someone like Beth there to catch them as well.”

Generosity

Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income and Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said:

“For many families, from the moment the doctor says ‘it’s cancer’, normal life stops. Being there to provide the emotional, financial and practical support families need to navigate through what comes next, and help to limit the damage cancer does beyond their health is absolutely vital.

“The generosity of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery is fantastic. £6million is an incredible amount of money, all of which will ensure we can continue support for the thousands of children and young people with cancer, and their families, throughout the UK. We can’t thank them enough.”

Support from players

Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: 

“This is a really significant amount of support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have raised more than £6.7 million for CLIC Sargent to date. It is great to be part of a society lottery that is helping this charity deliver vital services for young people and their families during a difficult journey.”

A minimum of 32% of every £10 subscription from the draws is awarded to charities, including CLIC Sargent. 

Find out more about the support provided by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

For more information, an interview or images, please contact Kat Evans on 020 8752 2902 or email Katherine.evans@clicsargent.org.uk.  

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

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.   

People’s Postcode Lottery 

People’s Postcode Lottery is a lottery operator in which people play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally

A minimum of 32% from each subscription goes directly to charities, and players have raised £330 million for good causes so far

For £10 a month, players can win prizes every day: http://www.postcodelottery.co.uk/prizes 

Maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw revenue to a maximum of £400,000

Players can sign up by Direct Debit, credit card or PayPal online at http://www.postcodelottery.co.uk, or by calling 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5

Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under licences number: 000-000829-N-102511-014 and Number: 000-000829-R-102513-013. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR

People's Postcode Lottery manages lotteries promoted by different charities. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit http://www.postcodelottery.co.uk/society.

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