Signet Jewellers has teamed up with Pennies and CLIC Sargent to help raise funds to support young cancer patients in the UK, with a quarter of a million micro-donations made in the partnership’s first four months alone.
In October 2019, high-street jewellers Signet, who operate both Ernest Jones and H Samuel, launched Pennies in their stores across the UK. Now, when you spend in one of their stores, you have the choice of making a digital micro-donation of 25p through Pennies and support Signet’s long-term charity partner, CLIC Sargent.
Just over four months since launching, 250,000 donations have been made my Signet customers, raising more than £55,000 for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. Donations help young people like Babz, who has received life-changing practical and financial support from CLIC Sargent.
Babz was in his final year of university in Liverpool when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on his 21st birthday. He didn’t know what his diagnosis was but when he heard the word cancer, he didn’t hear anything else.
“It was surreal, I kind of floated out of my body. I was thinking ‘is it me they’re talking to?’ It changed my whole life.”
Alone in the UK at the time, Babz told his family about his diagnosis via Skype, but kept his condition secret from 95% of his friends. Babz says, “I didn’t tell them so I could go about my life as normally as possible.”
Right after he was diagnosed, Babz met CLIC Sargent Social Worker James and with no family in the UK, Babz welcomed the support. James helped him get support from Macmillan Cancer Support and other charities, and CLIC Sargent gave Babz a grant to help him with travel costs and bills. James’ approach worked perfectly for Babz, supporting his independence while offering the tailored support he needed.
“James was a port of call if I needed it. It was really good to know that there was a community like CLIC Sargent there to support me.”
Despite undergoing intense chemotherapy every three weeks that resulted in hair loss, ulcers and other awful side effects, Babz continued with his degree. With the support of his lecturers, he graduated in June 2010, the same month his treatment ended.
After graduating, Babz moved to Manchester and completed a master’s degree and in January 2013 he founded FreshRB, a multimedia production company. He is now working towards establishing a media studio where young people with cancer can learn and express themselves.
Babz went for his last check-up in May 2019 and the cancer is in full remission. “I feel really blessed. I feel like the cancer is well and truly behind me.”
Babz’s story illustrates just how important CLIC Sargent’s services are. Your micro-donations help make sure CLIC Sargent can keep providing the social care, and emotional, financial and practical support, that can be so valuable to a young person and their family.
Just four hours of Pennies donations from Signet customers could pay for a family to attend a two day Parent and Child Residential event – helping develop new CLIC Sargent services and support more people like Babz in the future.
To find out more about CLIC Sargent’s work, visit their site.