Morrisons colleagues have staged their biggest ever fundraising campaign for a charity partner, after raising £325,828 for CLIC Sargent as part of World Cancer Day.
Colleagues and customers at Morrisons have held their biggest ever fundraising event, raising £325,828 for children and young people facing cancer.
The World Cancer Day campaign, in aid of CLIC Sargent, was the biggest fundraising drive since Morrisons’ partnership with the cancer charity began in February 2017.
It saw hundreds of stores across the UK holding bucket collections, selling tens of thousands of World Cancer Day wristbands and holding head shaves, baked bean baths and leg waxes for the cause.
David Scott, Head of Corporate Services at Morrisons, said:
“This record-breaking total is a testament to the generosity of our customers and the dedication of our colleagues.
"The level of support for CLIC Sargent has been overwhelming, and I want to thank Morrisons colleagues and customers for backing this vital cause.”
CLIC Sargent – the UK’s biggest charity supporting children and young people with cancer – launched its World Cancer Day appeal on 2 January 2018, running until the day itself on 4 February. The theme was ‘Banding Together’, and the charity encouraged supporters to buy a Band Against Cancer wristband and think about the people who have supported them.
Rory Traynor, Morrisons Account Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “Cancer doesn’t just affect young people’s physical health. It can have a huge impact on their mental health too. World Cancer Day was about thanking the people who support young people when cancer strikes – the friends, family, doctors and nurses who band together to limit the damage cancer causes.
"Morrisons colleagues and customers have been an incredible support for our families, and we want to thank them for banding together with us for World Cancer Day, and all year round.”
The total amount raised during CLIC Sargent’s World Cancer Day campaign by all supporters and other corporate partners will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The money raised will help CLIC Sargent continue its work supporting children, young people and their families with the emotional, practical and financial impact of cancer.
Morrisons colleagues chose CLIC Sargent to be its charity partner following a staff vote in January 2017 and have already raised more than £3.3million. 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.
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
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