Tesco staff and customers raise £7.2 million to smash fundraising target for CLIC Sargent

7 Apr 2011

Tesco staff and customers have raised a record £7.2 million to help leading children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, Tesco Charity of the Year 2010, pioneer new ways of caring for children with cancer.

Tesco staff and customers have raised a record £7.2 million to help leading children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, Tesco Charity of the Year 2010, pioneer new ways of caring for children with cancer.

The UK’s largest annual corporate charity partnership, which ended in February 20111, has exceeded all expectations to raise the highest income it has ever recorded2, substantially surpassing the original fundraising target of £5 million.

Every day, 10 children in the UK are told they have cancer. Although survival rates are over 70%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children in the UK.

The incredible sum raised will help fund CLIC Sargent specialist nurses at every children’s cancer centre across the UK3. The nurses will act as key workers and coordinate all the children’s care in hospital and in the community. This will change the way children are cared for and allow them to spend more time at home and less time in hospital.

David Reid, Tesco Chairman, said: “Raising £7.2 million and outstripping the £5 million target is an outstanding achievement. The money raised will allow CLIC Sargent to make a huge difference to the quality of the every day lives of children with cancer and their families. We are grateful to every single customer, supplier and staff member who contributed to this vital cause.”

Lorraine Clifton, Chief Executive at CLIC Sargent said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Tesco staff and customers for helping to make the partnership such a phenomenal success. It’s a fantastic accomplishment.”

“Smashing the £5 million target will not only allow us to establish key worker roles to help us coordinate care for children with cancer. The additional £2.2 million raised will provide local support and care for over 500 more families4. This includes financial help to meet extra costs, free accommodation close to treatment centres and practical and emotional support for the whole family.”

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Notes to Editors
1 - CLIC Sargent was Tesco Charity of the Year 2010 from 1 March 2010 until 28 Feb 2011
2 - Previously the most ever raised through the Tesco Charity of the Year Partnership was £6.6m, raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care over a 14-month period.
3 – Services are organised around 19 Principal Treatment Centres (PTC). Key worker roles are currently being established at every PTC.

Principal Treatment Centre
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast
Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
Children’s Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
Southampton General Hospital
Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton
St James’s Hospital, Leeds
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
University College London Hospital
Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Great Ormond Street Hospital

4 - It costs CLIC Sargent around £3,750 to support each child or young person through treatment.

About childhood cancer
Every day 10 children and young people are told they have cancer, and diagnosis usually comes as a shock. Treatment normally starts straightaway and can last up to three years. Although survival rates are over 70%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. It provides clinical, practical and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families, from diagnosis onwards. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

About Tesco Charity of the Year
CLIC Sargent was Tesco Charity of the Year 2010 from 1 March 2010 until 28 Feb 2011. The partnership hoped to raise £5 million which will help more children with cancer to leave hospital and spend as much time at home as possible.

Since 1988, Tesco has chosen a different charity every year to be the focus for staff fundraising. The Tesco Charity Trust then adds 20% to staff fundraising.

The money raised by each Tesco store, distribution centre and office will be spent to help children with cancer who live in the local community.

The partnership has been supported throughout 2010 by a range of product promotions in Tesco stores which donated a proportion of their sales to the charity. Products included a special range of Tesco greetings cards, a range of Tesco in-car air fresheners and, Canterbury Jack ale while a donation of 0.0125p was made by Tesco Personal Finance PLC every time a cash machine at Tesco was used up to 28 February 2011. Clubcard customers could also donate their points to CLIC Sargent. For more information visit www.clicsargent-tesco.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.