Newtownabbey business supports CLIC Sargent

Newtownabbey-based business, Samuel Johnston Baby, has teamed up with CLIC Sargent to support the charity’s work with young cancer patients across Northern Ireland.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 5:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 10:35 am

With the Covid pandemic having had a detrimental impact on the charity’s fundraising efforts, the team at Samuel Johnston wanted to raise vital money for the worthy cause.

A partnership web link has been set up on the Samuel Johnston site, with five per cent from all sales through the link going to CLIC Sargent.

When children and young people are diagnosed with cancer, normal life stops.

Newtownabbey-based business, Samuel Johnston Baby, has teamed up with CLIC Sargent to support the charity’s work with young cancer patients across Northern Ireland.

Treatment is intensive and emotionally gruelling; and can last several years. It often takes place far from home, isolating them from their normal environment.

CLIC Sargent provides families with advice, financial assistance, and free accommodation close to hospitals.

Families have to travel from across Northern Ireland to access specialist treatment at Belfast City Hospital and The Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children.

On average families have to make a 60-mile round trip each time they have a hospital appointment.

The Home from Homes provide free accommodation to the immediate family whilst their child receives treatment. CLIC Sargent currently has 10 homes throughout the UK. In Northern Ireland they have two; Paul’s House and Amy’s House.

Samuel Johnston’s Marketing Manager, Donna McCullough said: “One of the greatest casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the charity sector.

“With fundraising events cancelled, revenues have dropped off a cliff. We want to do as much as we can to help raise money for CLIC Sargent and we are proud to be involved.”

Fiona McCann Regional Partnerships Manager, added: “A child’s cancer diagnosis is always traumatic, but the double crisis of coronavirus and cancer is bringing terrible anxiety, isolation, and money problems to families.

“Our families are pushed to breaking point, spending a huge amount on essentials like travel, food, and parking just to get their child the lifesaving treatment they urgently need.

“Our social workers are there for families in their darkest hour. They help with everything from money worries to mental health. We have never been needed more.

“Samuel Johnston Baby supported CLIC Sargent in December by delivering toys and baby essentials to Paul’s House in Belfast for social workers to share among families on Christmas Eve. We are delighted to officially partner and raise much needed funds.”

Last year in the Newtownabbey area CLIC Sargent supported 30 children and young people and their families from diagnosis throughout treatment and beyond.

A total of 14 of those families stayed at either Paul’s House – close to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children or Amy’s House, close to Belfast City Hospital. The longest stay at Paul’s House was 104 days.

To support Samuel Johnston’s generous effort, click here

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