Bank staff create garden for two year old Phillipa

CLIC Sargent and a group of Lloyds TSB staff have helped develop a garden space for two year old Philippa and her family in Gateshead.

Bank staff create garden for two year old Phillipa

Over three days, groups of volunteers from Lloyds TSB branches in the north helped to develop the garden space at Philippa's family home.

Philippa who is now two years old, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare form of tissue cancer – in November 2011.

She recently finished her course of intense chemotherapy, and will now regularly visit hospital for the next two years to monitor her condition.

The family continue to be given emotional, practical and financial support from a CLIC Sargent Social Work Assistant based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Having recently moved to the property in Gateshead, the family were keen to turn their garden into a safe play area for Philippa to enjoy.

Philippa's mother said: “We’re so grateful to CLIC Sargent for organising this and to what was Lloyds TSB for getting involved and giving their time to come and help Philippa. We moved to the new house in December so that Philippa could have a garden to play in.”

Bev Gibson, the Local Director for the North East Group at what is now TSB said: “We have a member of staff who has been supported by CLIC Sargent so we know what a fantastic charity it is, and we are delighted to be helping out one of the many families their staff have supported in the local area.

"Our staff have given Philippa a place to play and enjoy herself.”

Launch of new brand raises extra funds

Since completing the garden, Lloyds TSB have rebranded as TSB and the Gateshead branch invited Philippa and her family, to cut the ribbon on the new look branch. Staff also used the opportunity to raise some additional funds for CLIC Sargent.

Claire Bambridge, the Branch Manager at  TSB in Gateshead said: “TSB is all about serving our local community and it gives us great pleasure to support CLIC Sargent as their work is so important for families.” 

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager, Dee Tyler said: “The family has been through an awful lot over the last 18 months and it’s fantastic that so many staff from what was Lloyds TSB gave up their time to help them. Thank you so much to everyone involved."

Special thanks

Special thanks go to the following companies who donated equipment or reduced their charges in order to make the garden makeover happen:

  • Dobbies Garden Centre in Birtley
  • O'Brian Waste Recycling Solutions
  • Lord Tool Hire
  • Jewsons

Find out more

To find out how you and your business can help support children and young people with cancer, please contact Dee Tyler on or email: