Wetherspoon is CLIC Sargent’s longest-standing corporate partner. Since the partnership was formed, in 2002, our fabulous fundraisers at pubs across the UK have generously and enthusiastically collected the equivalent of more than £1 million each year.
Tim Martin said: “Our staff and customers continue to show tremendous support, dedication and generosity for this extremely important charity.
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“We are enormously proud of the fact that we have raised £16 million for CLIC Sargent, through hundreds of fundraising activities each year.”
Rachel Kirby-Rider, director of income and engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: “Year after year, the hard work and generosity of staff and customers of J D Wetherspoon continue to grow and amaze us. It’s so important to celebrate these key milestones and thank everyone for all they’ve done.
“The money raised will make a huge difference to families, who can often be miles away from home for long and gruelling cancer treatment. With J D Wetherspoon’s support, we can be there for these families, right from when the doctor says it’s cancer.”
Today, 12 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.
Cancer patient Tyler Hart and his family joined Tim Martin and staff at Wetherspoon’s head office to help to celebrate our £16-million milestone.
Tyler, 15, was diagnosed in July 2016 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Burkitt’s lymphoma).
During this difficult time, receiving treatment far from home in London, his family was supported by a CLIC Sargent social worker who provides financial, emotional and practical support to children and young people with cancer.
Tyler’s mum, Sue Hart, said: “When I met our CLIC Sargent social worker, Jan, she offered us a grant of £170 from the charity and told us about other financial aids available – which was a massive help, since our debts were piling up, through travel and many other costs.
“When I was struggling, I could just talk to her easily and it really helped. I don’t know what we would have done without her.”
Thankfully, Tyler’s treatment was successful, and he enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the £16-million milestone with Wetherspoon.
Tyler added: “It was a great day meeting Tim Martin and all of the J D Wetherspoon staff. Being able to thank them in person for all of the amazing support which they have given for CLIC Sargent was amazing.
“The amount they have raised will mean the world to families like mine – which really need that help when having cancer treatment.”