J D Wetherspoon and CLIC Sargent break bread over new room name for Glasgow cancer haven

A room has been renamed in a cancer haven for young patients to mark years of charity support from J D Wetherspoon. 

(L to R): Duncan McSporran (Area Manager at JDW), Mick ( Pub Manager at Counting House in Glasgow which is highest fundraising pub in the business), Jemma Syms (Corporate Account Manager CLIC Sargent), Tracy Rodger (House Manager at Marion's House) Julie Millar (Partnership and Philanthropy Manager CLIC Sargent) and Helen Dumbreck (Regional Manager at JDW).

The pub company unveiled the renamed ‘Bannock Room’ – which means bread in Gaelic – at Marion’s House, CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home in Glasgow. 

The home provides free accommodation for young cancer patients and their families, close to the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, helping them spend more time together and save money on costly travel. 

The event recognized the years of support given to the charity by J D Wetherspoon, which has raised more than £14million toward helping it fight for young lives struck by cancer across the UK. 

Scottish pubs have raised £351,203 to date toward the charity's appeal, launched in July 2015, to build new homes in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as the children’s hospitals in those cities move to new sites. 

Jemma Syms, CLIC Sargent Corporate Account Manager, said: “J D Wetherspoon has been a fundraising force to be reckoned with right across Scotland and it is fitting that it should have a named room in Marion’s House. 

“It is thanks to the fantastic support of donors like J D Wetherspoon that we were able to open the home in 2015, and continue to provide vital frontline support to young cancer patients and their families.” 

Duncan McSporran, Area Manager at J D Wetherspoon said: “It is a privilege to be working with such a great charity.  They do amazing work for so many you people and their families. 

 “The Marion’s House facility is fantastic and I am sure it will be a great help to those families that need it.”  

CLIC Sargent is still fundraising to complete its home in Edinburgh, which will be needed when the new hospital is opened in that city in 2018. To support the appeal text “Home” to 70020 to donate £3 or visit our web page

For more information, an interview or images please contact Nick Edmondson on 020 8752 2856 or email nick.edmondson@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189. 

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 

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