Lidl, Northern Ireland’s popular discount retailer has today announced a two year partnership with CLIC Sargent which will help fund the charity’s services for local children and young people with cancer. Lidl has committed to raising £150,000 over two years through initiatives including staff fundraising, challenges, events and in store activities.
Paul Gibson, Sales Operations Executive, Lidl Northern Ireland said, “At Lidl we are committed to Northern Ireland and supporting local communities. We are delighted to announce CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland as our charity partner and look forward to making a real difference through the many exciting activities we have planned with our staff, in stores and with our customers. The charity provides a wonderful service to local Northern Ireland families at an incredibly difficult time; with this partnership we can play our part in supporting that vital work for children and young people with cancer and their families.”
CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical and emotional support to help children and young people with cancer. Last year the charity opened the first Home from Home in Northern Ireland providing free self-catering accommodation beside the Royal Hospital, while the second Home from Home is due to open by the end of 2015 within walking distance of Belfast City Hospital.
Nadine Campbell, CLIC Sargent Area Fundraising Manager in Northern Ireland commented, “I am delighted that Lidl NI is supporting CLIC Sargent to raise an incredible £150,000 by 2017. Each week in Northern Ireland two children or young people are diagnosed with cancer. Money raised through this partnership will help to pay for a variety of services to help children and young people with cancer, including Paul’s House, CLIC Sargent’s first Home from Home in Belfast. On average a family in Northern Ireland will make a round trip of up to 95 miles, up to 5 times a week so that they can access the cancer treatment that their child needs. Paul’s House, which opened in 2014, provides free self-catering accommodation, just a short walk from the hospital so that families can stay together at this difficult time.”