Posted on Friday 21 February 2020
Son from Huntingdon raises £250,000 for young people with cancer in memory of his mother
A son from Huntingdon has successfully completed an incredible series of challenges raising vital funds for a cancer charity close to their hearts.
Luke Claxton has taken on a series of challenges with his friends and family over the last 5 years to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. Together they have completed multiple marathons, cycled across Europe, and walked the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats raising an incredible £250,000 in the process.
This effort was inspired by his Mum, Veronica, who lost her battle with cancer on the 8th December 2008 at just 50 years old. In memory of her life Luke began fundraising in her name for CLIC Sargent through the Veronica Claxton Memorial Fund. On Saturday 1 February at an incredible ball held in Huntingdon attended by friends, family and supporters from across the local community saw the total amount raised tick over to an enormous £250,000!
Kate Lee, CEO of CLIC Sargent, who gave a speech at the event, said: “The support that CLIC Sargent social workers provide is vital for the young people we look after. It’s not just a cup of tea and sympathy; it’s putting a roof over the families head after they’ve been told it’s cancer and they won’t be going home for 3 months; it’s arranging counselling for young patients who have just found out their treatment has made them infertile; it’s making sure that the parents’ house doesn’t get repossessed because they had to give up work to support their child.
“None of this would be possible without the incredible hard work of individuals like Luke Claxton, and his network of friends, family and supporters. Thanks to their efforts in memory of Veronica, thousands of young people and their families will be supported through their journey with cancer by a CLIC Sargent social worker, and for that we will be eternally grateful”.
Luke Claxton said: “Alongside my wife Faye and our wonderfully loyal family and friends it’s been an absolute honour to spend the past 5 years tackling this huge target for CLIC Sargent, we have had so much fun and created so many memories whilst also trying to support these special young lives as much as we can. This evening at our ball has just capped off a wonderful 5 years. Targets are there to be broken though and with a very full 2020 already we look forward to carrying on the work and pushing our total on some more”
Daniel Nerini, CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager for North Cambs, Norfolk & Suffolk, said: “When cancer strikes young lives we fight tirelessly to limit the damage it causes beyond their health. We rely entirely on charitable donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Luke enough for his fantastic efforts.
To support Luke, go to https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/target250k
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