CLIC Sargent has joined up with Cancer Research UK, Movember Foundation, Anthony Nolan, Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Now, Bowel Cancer UK, Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, Marie Curie and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
In the build up to World Cancer Day on 4 February, CLIC Sargent is offering supporters the chance to own a unique Unity Band® to help raise vital funds and awareness. The Unity Band is made of two parts in CLIC Sargent colours, knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.
Ryan Kimber, 17, from the Isle of Wight, who has been given the all-clear after being diagnosed with a medulloblastoma tumour in January last year, is one of the many people backing the campaign. Ryan’s family had support from a CLIC Sargent Social Worker and his family stayed at CLIC Haven, one of the charity’s Homes from Home whilst being treated over 20 miles away, and across the sea from the Isle of Wight, in Southampton.
Ryan Kimber says: “When I was diagnosed with cancer it was a massive shock. My CLIC Sargent social worker Kate has been a massive help, I’d be lost without her! I can ask her anything and she helped my family with all the financial issues too. Having CLIC Haven was so important because it meant my family and friends could stay close, so even though I was far away from home, I didn’t feel isolated.
“I’m really proud to wear my World Cancer Day band because CLIC Sargent made such a difference to me and my family. Buying a band and shouting about this campaign is such an easy way to make sure you can help other families.”
Kate Lee, Chief Executive at CLIC Sargent, said: “We know we can only win the fight for each young life against cancer if we work as a team of charities and professionals. Today, 11 children and young people in the UK will hear the shocking news that they have cancer. When cancer strikes young lives we fight tirelessly to provide the financial, emotional and practical support they need.
“This World Cancer Day, we want everyone to ‘band together’ behind children and young people like Ryan by donating, wearing a Unity Band and spreading the word. These simple acts will help more young people thrive not just survive after their cancer diagnosis.”
Wear your Unity Band® on 4 February 2017, World Cancer Day, as a symbol of support and unity for everyone affected by cancer.
Get your Unity Band now for a suggested donation of £2, from CLIC Sargent's online shop, or in Wetherspoons pubs and Wallis stores for a suggested donation of £2.
Supporters can also text ‘YOUNG LIVES’ to 70500 to donate £3. 100% to CLIC Sargent. Terms www.clicsargent.org.uk/donate-text