J D Wetherspoon has raised £14m to support young cancer patients alongside CLIC Sargent.
The total means that the pub company has raised almost the equivalent of £1m every year since a partnership was formed with the charity in 2002.
Bradley Gudger, 23, from Rotherhithe, was supported by CLIC Sargent after having been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in June 2013, when he was aged 19 and studying for his A-levels. He was at London’s Metropolitan Bar to thanks representatives of J D Wetherspoon at a celebratory event.
“I didn’t seek out the support, they came to me which was so important because I didn’t know they were out there,” says Gudger. “They helped me with everything and really listened, which makes a massive difference. I would have been overwhelming without their help.
“This fundraising total is just fantastic. Thanks to the support of J D Wetherspoon staff, so many young people like me will have been helped by CLIC Sargent when they need it most. It will make a real difference to a lot of lives.”
“When this partnership was launched all of those years ago, we had no idea that it would result in such a spectacular fundraising total for such an important cause,” adds Tim Martin, chairman of J D Wetherspoon. “All of our J D Wetherspoon staff and customers are passionate about fundraising for the charity and helping to support these families as they go through the hardest of times.
“We are delighted to have reached this landmark total, but that doesn’t mean we will lose momentum. We know that CLIC Sargent wants to be there for every family affected by cancer in the young, and we here at J D Wetherspoon want to help them do that.”