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When local resident Emma Evans from the Stamshaw SFA estate found out that her friend, Sandie’s daughter Ayla aged 4 and another two children on the Navy estate were being supported by CLIC Sargent she wanted to help. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families.

Emma said: “I have never organised a fundraising event in my life, but I wanted to help the charity that is helping Sandie along with the two other children and their families. With friends, I organised a children’s fun day at the Phoenix Naval Community Centre. We had entertainment, games, raffles and face painting and we were so pleased to raise £982 for CLIC Sargent.

“An added bonus is that Sandie was able to come to the event with Ayla who is receiving treatment at Southampton General Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital. The treatment is going very well and she is due her MRI scan next month.”

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Liz Blunt, Fundraising Engagement Manager for Hampshire at CLIC Sargent, said: “Considering Emma said this was her first fundraising event, I think she was a natural fundraiser, and as her friend who helped her organise it works at Barclays Bank, hopefully they will be able to get match funding as well, which would be fantastic.

“The sad reality is that every day in this country 11 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer. The nearest principle treatment centre to Portsmouth is Southampton General Hospital and close by we have one of our Homes from Home which offers free accommodation to families so they can be closed to loved ones during treatment. The money Emma has raised can pay for a family to stay there for almost a month.”

If you are interested in fundraising to support children and young people with cancer, please contact CLIC Sargent on 0300 330 080, or check out their website: http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/

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