Kind-hearted shoppers in Wrexham boost children’s cancer charity

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Wallis staff raise money for children’s charity Clic Sergeant. Pictured is Rachel Driver, a support worker for the charity with Ali Davies sales assistant at Wallis.

A store manager has thanked her kind-hearted customers for helping them give a £200 boost to a children’s cancer charity.

Women’s clothes store Wallis at Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham organised raffles and sold pins in aid of CLIC Sargent.

The UK-wide charity’s patrons include former tennis ace Tim Henman, and interior design guru and TV favourite from BBC show Changing Rooms, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

It provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to children and young people, and their families.

From diagnosis onwards they aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer, its treatment, life after treatment, and in some cases, bereavement.

CLIC Sargent was formed in 2005 after a merger between CLIC and Sargent Cancer Care for Children.

Manager of Wallis at Eagles Meadow, Ann Littler, praised shoppers for supporting their drive to raise money.

She said: “They say that every day, 10 children and young people in the UK will hear the shocking news that they have cancer.

“It’s something our customers have really been supporting. I’m really pleased with the way people have got behind it. It’s a wonderful charity. I can’t imagine what it feels like to find out that your child has cancer. The support that CLIC Sargent gives people is absolutely phenomenal.

“Wallis is supporting CLIC Sargent for 12 months across the UK, with the aim of raising £150,000, which is a huge amount of money. The company has got behind it in a big way.

According to Rachel Driver, a support worker for CLIC Sargent, Wallis has been “fantastically supportive”.

“All the money goes to support young people and their families. We provide professional, financial and emotional support from diagnosis onwards.

“We have our nurses come out to visit children, which saves them from having to travel to the hospital to be treated. Going to hospital can be quite a daunting prospect.

“It’s an anxious time for young people and their family so we’re here to support and to listen.

“We also help families out financially because some people may have to take time off work to care for their sick children.”