Morrisons raise £3 million in less than a year

Morrisons is on course for a record-breaking three-year charity partnership as it announces it has raised more than £3 million for CLIC Sargent, the children and young people's cancer charity, in 11 months.

Morrisons raise £3 million in less than a year

Morrisons is ending the first year of its charity partnership in a strong position, having raised £3,040,000 for children, young people and their families facing cancer. That is more than they have ever raised for a charity partner in a year.

A life-changing difference

Kate Lee, CEO of CLIC Sargent, said: “Our partnership with Morrisons is making a life-changing difference to families facing cancer by helping us deliver services that we simply could not provide before. 

“Thanks to Morrisons, we have handed out hundreds of thousands of pounds in grants to ease the financial burden cancer brings and developed a brand new grant for those in extreme financial hardship."

Morrisons fundraisingWe have also recruited two brand new nurse educators – an entirely new role within the NHS – to provide specialist cancer care training outside of the primary cancer hospitals.”

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s biggest charity supporting children and young people with cancer. It helps 2 out of 3 children and young people diagnosed in the UK by offering emotional, financial and practical support.

Ambitious targets

David Scott, Head of Corporate Services at Morrisons, said: “Our colleagues have got behind CLIC Sargent’s cause from day one, and have been tirelessly working to make this charity partnership our best yet.

"The generosity of our customers means that we are on track to achieving our ambitious targets, and we hope they will continue to support the cause as we enter the second year of our partnership.”

Getting to £3m

The partnership, which includes £1.9m in colleague fundraising, has been bolstered by a number of cause-related marketing promotions with companies including McVitie’s and Seabrook crisps. The Morrisons Foundation, the independent charity set up by Morrisons, has also provided colleague match-funding.

On February 4, Morrisons will hold its biggest fundraiser for CLIC Sargent when it marks World Cancer Day. Band Against Cancer wristbands are available in all stores now, and a nationwide fundraising day will be held across the company on the day itself.

About the Morrisons partnership

Morrisons colleagues chose CLIC Sargent to be its charity partner following a staff vote in January 2017. 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.

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.

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.