Morrisons colleagues across the UK held two weeks of carnival celebrations raising money for CLIC Sargent – the UKs biggest charity supporting children and young people with cancer, and the supermarket’s charity partner. From traditional fetes to Caribbean carnivals, employees at the chain’s 490 stores and 22 sites got into the party atmosphere and pulled out all the stops to raise a staggering £253,000 for CLIC Sargent. That total was then match-funded by the Morrisons Foundation to make £506,000 to help children, young people and their families affected by cancer.
The success of the fundraiser means Morrisons has now raised £2.1million for CLIC Sargent since the partnership started in January this year. Kate Lightfoot, Senior Account Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “The dedication of colleagues at every level of the organization has been incredible. We are well on our way to achieving our £8m target over the partnership’s three year term; money which will transform the support we can give to young people, children and families to limit the damage cancer causes beyond health.”
In Hampshire, the Farnborough store raised a staggering £4163, with four other stores in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Devizes, Hillsborough in Sheffield and Anlaby in Hull all raising more than £3000 before match-funding.
Denise Lees-Powell, Community Champion at Morrisons in Farnborough, said:
“Our colleagues really enjoyed our carnival fortnight. It was easily the best event we have run in our store. We held a sponsored walk and staff dressing-up day, which were very popular – and of course the raffles too. Staff and customers are very happy to support the fantastic work that CLIC Sargent does helping the families of children affected by cancer.”
Morrisons colleagues chose CLIC Sargent to be its charity partner following a staff vote in January this year. All money raised will provide five new nurse educators, who can educate other health, social care and education professionals close to patients’ homes so they don’t need to travel miles for specialist care. It will also fund Home Hubs next to specialist cancer treatment hospitals, so families can take a break from hospital life or do simple things like wash clothes and prepare a meal. The partnership fundraising will also allow CLIC Sargent to extend the grants it offers to families to ease the financial burden of cancer, which is on average £600 a month per family.