The children and young people’s cancer support charity Clic Sargent has been chosen as the retailer Morrisons’ charity partner for the next three years, which is likely to be worth £7m to the charity.
The two organisations announced today that Clic Sargent had been chosen for the partnership, known as Raise A Smile, after a ballot of Morrisons’ 50,000 employees.
A statement from the organisations said that more than a thousand of the charity’s supporters and service users signed up to champion the charity at a local level before and during the ballot.
The retailer’s previous Raise A Smile partnership, with the healthcare charity Sue Ryder, raised more than £7.3m over three years, a record high for Morrisons. It ended on 31 January.
Morrisons and Clic Sargent said the charity would use the funds raised from the partnership to increase the amount of financial support it provides to young people and families who are struggling with the extra living costs associated with a cancer diagnosis, such as long-distance travel for specialist treatment.
The charity will also use the funds, which will be raised by Morrisons staff and customers, to expand its specialist nursing programme, which aims to maximise the amount of time that young people with cancer can remain at home.
David Scott, head of corporate affairs at Morrisons, said: "Morrisons raised more than £7.3m for Sue Ryder during our last partnership to help give more people the care they want at the end of their lives.
"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. We’re delighted to be working with such a fantastic cause over the next three years."
Kate Lee, chief executive of Clic Sargent, said: "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."