Colleagues at Morrisons in Peterhead and Anniesland have won naming rights to a room in a charity Home from Home for young cancer patients after raising pots of cash for Burns Night.
The teams, led by Community Champions Sheena Irvine and Catherine McRoberts, raised thousands CLIC Sargent, the UK’s biggest charity supporting children and young people with cancer and Morrisons’ charity partner.
Burns Night fundraising
At Peterhead, Sheena led an event that included a 180 mile static bike ride – the distance from Peterhead to the CLIC Sargent Home from Home in Glasgow. She also invited a bagpiper in to store and hosted cake raffles and book sales in the week running up to the January 25th celebration. The store raised £2800.
Sheena, said: “We have a very supportive community who are so generous donating towards our fundraising. The team at the store are great with joining in whenever we hold a fundraiser.
"It really is a massive team effort at Peterhead, and I am very proud to be the Community Champion for the store.”
Stores across Scotland joined the charity challenge, with rooms in the new CLIC Sargent Home from Home – to be built in Edinburgh – being named after the top two fundraising stores.
Catherine, who raised £2350 at Anniesland with a Burns Night supper, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Anniesland is having a room named after the store.With all the help from colleagues, family and friends I was able to organise fantastic events throughout the course of the week and could not believe how generous our customers were.
"They truly believe in helping CLIC Sargent."
The total raised for CLIC Sargent on Burns Night across the Scottish stores was £17,000.
New Home from Home
The new Home from Home will be built near the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh when it moves to its new location later this year. Construction work has begun at the property on Old Dalkeith Road, and is due to be completed by September. It will provide free homely accommodation for families who need to travel for cancer treatment.
Homes from Home offer family bedrooms sleeping up to four people, lounges and places for babies, children and teenagers to relax. There are kitchens so parents can cook their child their favourite meal, and space to wash clothes. The homes provide a welcome break from life on hospital wards for parents, who can be joined by their child when they are well enough to leave the ward.
Rory Traynor, Account Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “Sheena and her Morrisons colleagues at Peterhead have raised thousands for CLIC Sargent since our partnership began back in February 2017. We are delighted that their store name will be on one of the rooms in the new CLIC Sargent Home from Home, as a testament to the hard work all Morrisons colleagues have put in to supporting our children, young people and families.”
Morrisons colleagues chose CLIC Sargent to be its charity partner following a staff vote in January 2017 and have already raised more than £3million. The three year partnership has a target of £8m that will transform the support CLIC Sargent can give to young people facing cancer. The 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 sees each family face an average £600 a month in additional costs.
To help the partnership reach its target, visit clicsargent.org.uk/morrisonsdonate