Local MP calls for more support for Cleveden children’s cancer charity shop

Conservative MP for North Somerset and Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, visited a local charity shop that has been serving the community since it opened 26 years ago.

Local MP calls for more support for Cleveden children’s cancer charity shop

Dr Fox met with shop volunteers and representatives from CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, at the Clevedon shop on Old Street. 

Liam Fox MP said: “It is always a pleasure to visit CLIC Sargent in Clevedon.  As well as seeing their wide range of Christmas gifts in the shop, it is inspiring to hear how they have been helping our families in the constituency.”

Last year, CLIC Sargent supported 97 children and young people with cancer in Somerset, and their families. The charity gave 76 grants, to a value of more than £16,000, to help families deal with the financial impact of cancer.

A Cancer Costs report from the charity found that families with a child undergoing active treatment spend an extra £600 a month on average due to increased spending on things like travel to specialist treatment centres and hospital car parking. 

Angela O’Brien, CLIC Sargent Shop Manager, said: “It feels great to have the support of our local MP in our mission to raise vital funds and awareness. It was nice for him to meet and thank our volunteers, who do brilliant work, giving up their time to support young people with cancer.  

“I hope more local people are inspired to come see the shop and donate. All the money raised will help CLIC Sargent in our fight for young lives against cancer, so we can support more young cancer patients and their families from the point of diagnosis.”

For more information about CLIC Sargent, an interview or images, please contact Jack Wilson on 020 8752 2833 or jack.wilson@clicsargent.org.uk. Out of hours contact 08448 481189.     

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.  

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.