Ashley Austin nominated CLIC Sargent as our charity of the month for February because of a very personal connection – her brother, James.
Says Ashley: “The charity were brilliant when James was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in March 2016 at the age of just 25.
Once in a lifetime
“The local branch and the people of Glasgow rallied around and raised enough money to send James and his girlfriend Katherine on a once in a lifetime trip around the world before it was too late.”
James, of Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow, has Stage 4 Glioblastoma and has already outlived his 18 month prognosis. Tests taken just before he set off on his trip showed no increase in the size of the tumour and his medical team said he was well enough to make the trip.
Said Ashley: “I want to help raise money so other people like my brother are given a chance to do something that will have an amazing impact on their lives.
“James is back home now and is still beating the odds after achieving is dream.”
Specialist care teams
CLIC Sargent is Britain’s leading charity for children and young people diagnosed with cancer. From diagnosis they have specialist care teams ready to step in to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.
They also work together with the family towards a specially named fund, including setting up online fund-raising pages which is how James managed to raise the funds to take his trip.
Receiving our £400 donation, local fund-raising manager Stefanie Underhill said: “We are really grateful to have this donation from Gladstone Brookes which will make such a difference locally.
“There are 11 children and young people diagnosed with cancer every single day in Britain and the sorts of things this might be spent on are story books to teach young children what their cancer diagnosis means, supporting our social workers and giving grants to families to help them deal with their situations.”
- The money was donated from dress-down contributions from member of staff in our three buildings, but Ashley is also organising a bucket collection which is expected to add a substantial amount to the total.