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Sainsbury’s in West Cowes have announced that CLIC Sargent has been chosen as their charity of the year after being inspired by the appeal for a new ‘Home from Home’.

The charity, which is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, was voted in by customers’ both in-store and online.

Any money raised in store will go towards a fundraising appeal for a new CLIC Sargent ‘Home from Home’. The proposed Jean’s House in Southampton will allow families to stay for free to be near their child whilst undergoing cancer treatment.

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The new ‘bigger and better’ home will replace the charity’s current home, CLIC Haven, which has been supporting thousands of families since 1991. Jean’s House will have seven en-suite family bedrooms (sleeping up to 4 people), 2 open plan kitchen/diners, 2 lounges and a teenagers’ space, helping families spend more time together and avoid often debilitating travel and accommodation costs

To celebrate the announcement, customers and staff in the store recently had the chance to meet representatives from the charity and learn more about the work they do. Volunteers manned a bucket collection which raised £280 in their launch weekend.

Jodie Harry, one of the Customer Trading Managers for Sainsbury’s said:

“We are delighted to raise funds and awareness of Jean’s House on the mainland for island families to be able to stay in.  It would be incredibly difficult for island families dealing with a cancer diagnosis in a young family member, not to have this amazing house, saving them travel time and travel costs. “

Liz Blunt, CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager for the Isle of Wight said:

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“We’re absolutely thrilled to be chosen as the Sainsbury’s Local Charity of Year in West Cowes. Thank you to all the staff and customers that voted for us, we really appreciate the support.

“A big thank you also to the volunteers who helped recently in store ; Diane, Gary, Mike and Ryan Kimber and to the Earley family for coming over for their continuous support.”

If you would like to help fundraising efforts, then email Liz Blunt on [email protected]. For more information about the appeal visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/movinghomesouthampton.

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