Morrisions Clic Sargent Charity

Morrisions’ CLIC Sargent Charity backing raises a smile

Morrisons workers have chosen CLIC Sargent to be the supermarket chain’s new charity partner for the next three years.

About 65% of 50,000 staff voted for the children and young people’s cancer support charity to become their next ‘Raise a Smile’ partner, which is thought will raise about £7m.

Morrisons’ previous partnership with Sue Ryder raised more than £7.3m for the palliative care charity.

“Our colleagues were at the heart of that partnership and I’m confident they’ll help us make a real difference to the families supported by CLIC Sargent,” said Morrisons head of corporate affairs David Scott.

“We’re delighted to be working with such a fantastic cause over the next three years.”

CLIC Sargent said it plans to use the new funding to increase the amount of financial support it provides to young people and families who are struggling with extra living expenses due to a cancer diagnosis.

“We can’t wait to start fundraising with the wonderful people at Morrisons and welcome them all to join CLIC Sargent’s fight for young lives against cancer,” said CLIC Sargent CEO Kate Lee.

“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.

“Thousands of people across the UK got involved in our campaign - and without you this simply wouldn’t have happened. We cannot thank you all enough.”

The charity said it would also expand its specialist nursing programme and invest in other essential projects that will reduce the impact of cancer on young lives.