Wetherspoon’s staff and customers have seven million reasons to cheer their fundraising efforts for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
They have now reached the milestone of raising £7 million for the charity, since the partnership between Wetherspoon and CLIC Sargent began in 2002.
Over the years, pub staff and customers, as well as Wetherspoon staff at head office, have taken part in thousands of fundraising activities.
As well as the individual fundraising, Wetherspoon has undertaken major events, including its annual Kick for CLIC Sargent five-a-side football competition, with the most recent event raising £380,000.
The company’s pubs also participated in Child Cancer Awareness Month, raising £290,000 through the Big Bucket Collection, staging events and stocking pin badges.
Other large fundraisers included the first national darts championship, as well as staff running in the London marathon.
CLIC Sargent’s chief executive, Lorraine Clifton, said: “This is a towering achievement by Wetherspoon and it means everything to the children and young people and their families whom we look after.
“Every penny raised means that we can help more children and young people and their families coping with cancer. That is priceless.
“Wetherspoon’s long-standing support has meant that we have been able to continue our vital work, providing practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people with cancer – and their families.
“At present, we reach only two out of three children and young people with cancer, but Wetherspoon’s continuous commitment until 2015 will help us to move closer to closing that gap.”
Wetherspoon’s chairman, Tim Martin, added: “We are proud to be associated with such a wonderful charity as CLIC Sargent.
“We are delighted that our fundraising figure now stands at £7 million.
“Our customers and staff have supported CLIC Sargent for many years – and we look forward to raising even more money in the future.
Pictured left to right: Wetherspoon’s chairman Tim Martin, CLIC Sargent’s director of services Dara de Burca, Michelle Potter (whose family has received support from CLIC Sargent) and Wetherspoon’s head of corporate affairs Caroline Walters.