Fishponds residents support children with cancer

October 04 2018
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BIG hearted Fishponds residents have been helping support their local CLIC Sargent shop in Straits Parade.

Not only did they turn out in force for a quiz night fundraiser, they also signed a petition calling for the government to create a travel fund for young cancer patients.

The quiz night, hosted free of charge by the Kingfisher Cafe, was held to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and raised £142.70.

And around 400 locals have supported the petition, which is part of a nation-wide petition asking for a fund so young people don't have to worry about mounting travel costs during cancer treatment.

Shop manager Hannah Spawls said: "We were promoting CLIC Sargent's campaign for the government to create a travel fund for young cancer patients and between the hundreds of Fishponds locals who have signed our petition in the shop, and the many who signed it on quiz night, we have been able to gather close to 400 signatures so far, just through the Fishponds branch. We are very grateful to Fishponds for helping us to make a difference."  

The winners of the quiz, Team Symington Road, won a trophy and a wine hamper after scoring a very impressive 54 out of 60. 

The shop also raffled a £25 meal voucher, kindly donated by The Van Dyck Forum, which was won by Anne Fraser, a long serving CLIC Sargent volunteer.

Nationally, CLIC Sargent was aiming to collect more than 20,000 signatures before handing the petition to the Department of Health and Social Care on September 26.