J D Wetherspoon has raised £12 million for CLIC Sargent since becoming a charity partner in 2002.
The total equates to an average £850,000 a year, with customers and staff participating in a wide range of fundraising events. Major recent events include a national pub-wide darts competition in March, which raised more than £200,000 and the Wetherspoons annual Kick five-a-side tournament, which raised more than £460,000.
The partnership between J D Wetherspoon and CLIC Sargent began when pub chain founder Tim Martin sat opposite the then chief executive of the charity on a train. Martin was inspired to launch a partnership, with an initial target of £500,000.
J D Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said:
“We are extremely proud of our association with CLIC Sargent. Since 2002 our staff and customers have brilliantly supported our fundraising efforts. The fact that we have now raised £12 million for such a wonderful charity is thanks to them. We look forward to raising even more money in the future.”
CLIC Sargent chief executive Kate Lee added:
“The money raised by J D Wetherspoon helps us provide vital support for young cancer patients. Hundreds of families will have benefited directly from these funds. J D Wetherspoon is our longest-standing charity partner and has been an incredible support to so many children and young people with cancer. We are immensely grateful for the fundraising effort put in by staff and customers, which has enabled them to reach this amazing total.”
Picture: (l-r) Jemma Syms, CLIC Sargent Corporate Events Executive, Caroline Walters, Head of Personnel & Training at JD Wetherspoon and Charlie Straker, CLIC Sargent Corporate Account Coordinator.
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