County Down community raise over £6,500

Family and friends of the Reid family from Newtownards in County Down, have raised over £6,500 for CLIC Sargent by organising various fundraising events in memory of Amy Reid who died of cancer in February.

County Down community raise over £6,500

Amy was supported by CLIC Sargent from the point of her diagnosis and those that knew her wanted help raise funds to help support other children and young people with cancer.

Supporters dyed their hair pink for the whole month of March and launched a series of fundraising activities to raise funds for CLIC Sargent’s Northern Ireland Appeal.

Northern Ireland Appeal

The appeal aims to raise £3.7 million to fund two Homes from Home at locations within walking distance of hospitals where young people with cancer are treated.

Planning permission has been granted to build the first CLIC Sargent Home from Home in Northern Ireland within walking distance of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The Northern Ireland Appeal now continues efforts to raise the £1.5m needed to redevelop the second Home from Home located close to the Belfast City Hospital.

Fundraising successs

Events included cycle rides, a children’s disco, store collections, a zumbathon and a concert, as well as the majority of the local community dying their hair pink!

So far, over £6,500 has been raised, though the Reids receive more sponsorship money from supporters every day.

Amy’s father, Mark Reid said: “CLIC Sargent was a huge support to Amy and us as a family. We wanted to do something in memory of Amy and help raise funds for the Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal.

“Amy was very precious to us and we are overwhelmed with the support we have received. It’s great to see so much pink!”

CLIC Sargent fundraising manager, Gemma McCallan said: “The support from the Reid’s and their family and friends has been amazing. We cannot thank them enough and all their fantastic fundraising efforts have helped us inch closer to our target for the Homes from Home Appeal.

For more information

If you would like to get involved and help support CLIC Sargent's Northern Ireland Appeal, please contact the Northern Ireland Appeal team on 02890 725 780.