The Specsavers store at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre joined with partner branches in Cribbs Causeway and Filton to raise nearly £800 for children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent, as part of the local store group’s pledge to support the charity for 2018.
Staff wore CLIC Sargent t-shirts and the stores were decorated with charity balloons, banners and bunting while collection pots were available for customers to make donations.
Customers and passers-by were greeted with a cake sale, while staff took part in a charity bake-off, in which Katie Perry bagged first place with her carrot cake muffins and Julie Rafferty came second with her chocolate orange cakes.
To help boost the fundraising total, eight-year-old Karolina, whose mum works at the Bradley Stoke store, sold loom bands and other hand-crafted gifts with her friend Anya and raised nearly £30.
Also joining the festivities was Caroline Marshall, a local representative from CLIC Sargent.
“It’s so important for our teams to get behind a good cause and throw every effort into fundraising, and by nominating a charity, we can maximise our efforts,” says store director, Gaurav Patel.
“While CLIC Sargent is a national charity, they also have a presence in Bristol, so there is a local link too.”
“All three store directors will be taking part in a fundraising activity and we will be encouraging our customers to give what they can to boost the total. I will be joining a team taking part in Tough Mudder, Ed Stanleigh has secured a place in the London Marathon and Vivek Lakhanpaul is doing a sky dive.”
London 2018 will be Ed Stanleigh’s first full marathon, although he has completed three half marathons in the last couple of years. He says his training is going well and would welcome support via his fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/edstanleigh
CLIC Sargent provides practical, financial and emotional support for children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia. The charity believes that children with cancer have the right to the best possible treatment, care and support throughout their cancer journey and beyond. To find out more about the charity, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
Photos: 1 Cake sale stand. 2 Karolina and Anya selling their products.
This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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