Buxton Morrison’s store workers go bananas to aid children’s cancer charity

Morrisons store in Buxton hold a  Hawaiian themed event to raise money for CLICSargent.
Morrisons store in Buxton hold a Hawaiian themed event to raise money for CLICSargent.

Staff at Morrisons Buxton got into the carnival spirit by holding a Hawaiian themed fundraising event across the bank holiday weekend.

The store even had its own tikki bar along with resident banana man Dave Alexander.

Events during the weekend raised more than £500 for CLIC Sargent to support children and young people who have cancer and their families.

Community champion Robert Harrison,”We would like to thank all our staff and customers who got involved over the weekend and donated money in helping us not only have a bit of fun dressing up but also raise a lot of money for such a worthwhile cause”

Kate Lee, chief executive officer at CLIC Sargent, said: “At CLIC Sargent we know hearing the word ‘cancer’ connected to a child or young person makes lots of people feel helpless, sad or even angry that something so horrid can be happening to someone with their whole life ahead of them.

“Donating money just says ‘I care’ and ‘I’m on your side’ and helps CLIC Sargent reach these families to provide practical, emotional and financial support.”

CLIC Sargent’s research has found that on average parents face additional costs of £600 a month when their child is on active cancer treatment. The number one expense incurred is extra travel costs for treatment at specialist hospitals.

The charity will also expand its specialist nursing programme, which maximises the amount of time that young people can spend safely at home, and invest in other essential projects that will reduce the devastating impact of cancer on young lives.

Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are more than 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.