Haywards Heath coffee shop raises £500

Haywards Heath coffee shop The Bay Tree raised £500 through an innovative idea to support CLIC Sargent. In the run up to Christmas 2013 they sold a range of woollen coffee cup warmers knitted by the Crafty Knitters, a local knitting club.

Haywards Heath coffee shop raises £500

The Bay Tree's owners, Philip and Sarah George, are passionate about supporting CLIC Sargent as the charity helped them when their son Tom was diagnosed with cancer.

Thankfully Tom has made a full recovery but Philip and Sarah pledged to support the charity and came up with the idea for their fundraising with Bay Tree regular Siobhan Callan.

Sarah said:

CLIC Sargent were there for us when Tom was diagnosed and all the way through his treatment so we really wanted to give something back.

"When Siobhan suggested the knitted coffee cosies we jumped at the idea as it seemed to fit in so well with our business. Our customers really got behind the idea and it was a lovely way to raise funds for this brilliant charity."

In Sussex CLIC Sargent funds a CLIC Sargent Nurse and a CLIC Sargent Social Worker at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital who work with families across the county.

Dan Powell, Fundraiser for CLIC Sargent said: "A huge thank you to Philip and Sarah, the Crafty Knitters and to Siobhan for their fantastic support, and to everyone who bought one of the cosies. We rely on people to raise vital funds for us to allow us to continue with our work to support children with cancer and their families."

More information

If you're interested in fundraising and are based in Sussex please contact Dan Powell on dan.powell@clicsargent.org.uk.