The Lions Club of Tavistock president Paul Blowey turned the lights on and chose CLIC Sargent, Marie Curie and Parkinson's UK to be the beneficiaries from this event.
Steve Grummitt, press officer for the Lions Club of Tavistock, said: “The Club has supported CLIC Sargent in the past but it was in September of 2015 that we first became aware of CLIC Sargent when two inspiring teenagers, Pete Jerrett and Elisha Searl, came to a Club meeting in Tavistock and told us about their cancer treatment.
"They both gave presentations about their experiences and how CLIC Sargent had supported them through their cancer and I have to say that that we all found it to be extremely emotional and uplifting and agreed that they were wonderful ambassadors for the charity.”
Following on from this talk, The Lions Club of Tavistock donated £1,800 from their 2015 ‘Trees of Light’. However, Pete and Elisha inspired the club so much that CLIC Sargent were once again chosen in 2016.
Paul continued: “I'm delighted to say that we will be presenting CLIC Sargent with a cheque for £2,000 at our February meeting.”
Making a difference
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton said: “The Lions Club of Tavistock have done a fantastic job of organising what is clearly an unbelievably, successful Christmas event and I can not thank everyone involved enough for their support, hard work and generosity.”
The money raised from the event could fund a room in one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home for just under five months, providing free self-catering accommodation near to specialist children’s cancer treatment centres, which are often many miles from a family’s own home.
These homes save families on average £2,140 and the average stay in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home is 23 days.