CLIC Sargent has entered into a partnership with retailer Morrisons that could be worth around £7m to the children and young people’s cancer support charity.
CLIC Sargent will benefit from the fundraising efforts of Morrisons' staff and customers over the next three years as the supermarket chain's next 'Raise a Smile' partner.
The partnership will enable CLIC Sargent to create a new team of nurses who will teach health and social care professionals in local communities the skills to provide the best care for young people with cancer.
The charity will create new Home Hubs close to specialist treatment hospitals, providing space for families to take a break from hospital.
CLIC Sargent will also provide grants to families across every Morrisons community to help them cope with the financial consequences of a cancer diagnosis. The charity will develop a new digital hub, giving young people and families access to expert advice and information.
The charity was selected by 65 per cent of the 50,000 Morrisons staff who voted for the company's next charity partner. Morrisons raised over £7.3m for Sue Ryder in its last partnership. The retailer's head of corporate affairs David Scott said colleagues were at the heart of the previous partnership.
“I’m confident they’ll help us make a real difference to the families supported by CLIC Sargent. We’re delighted to be working with such a fantastic cause over the next three years.”
CLIC Sargent CEO Kate Lee thanked the thousands of people across the UK who got involved in the charity's campaign to become Morrisons' next charity partner.
"Our nurses, social workers and other frontline staff across the UK work tirelessly to limit the damage cancer causes beyond a child or young person's health. Now together with Morrisons colleagues, we’ll be able to stop cancer destroying more young lives than ever.”