Charity shop appeal

December 22 2016

COULD you donate £5 to help a local charity which supports children and young people with cancer?

COULD you donate £5 to help a local charity which supports children and young people with cancer?

CLIC Sargent is calling on residents and businesses in the area to dig deep to help plug the gap in the estimated £36,700 loss of income following the fire at its Fishponds branch in November.

The charity says the money could have paid for:


• 8 CLIC Sargent nurses for a month – the nurses coordinate clinical and non-clinical care for children with cancer, to maximise the amount of time they can safely spend at home, and ensure that treatments can be given closer to home where possible


•36 families to stay in CLIC Sargent’s ‘Home from Home’ in Bristol (CLIC House) for a month. This is where families can stay free of charge to be close to their child in hospital when receiving treatment


• 10 CLIC Sargent social workers for a month – social workers meet families soon after diagnosis and help them to understand and cope with the emotional, practical and financial effects of cancer, through treatment and beyond


• 211 grants – the charity gives out £170 grants to all the families it supports.


Police investigating the fire and burglary have recently released CCTV images of a man who they say could help them with their enquiries.

The suspect/s set fire to the back of the store after items were taken from the shop.

Investigating officer, DC Cowburn, said:"This resulted in significant damage and the store will now have to remain closed until the New Year at the very earliest.This was a very concerning incident as there are residential properties above the store where people were sleeping, which could have resulted in devastating consequences."

If you have any information please call 101 quoting reference number 5216251784 and speak to DC Cowburn 3646.

CLIC Sargent is a charity close to the hearts of many people in the area, as the original Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood was started by Bob Woodward, from Frenchay, in the 1970s.

A notice in the shop window asks supporters to take donations of clothing and household goods to its shops in Staple Hill or Downend.

 To donate to the appeal go to  or text ‘SHOP67 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5. For more information search ‘CLIC Sargent’ on Facebook and Twitter.