Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has chosen CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, as its charity of the year
Manchester Airport is hoping to raise £1m for charity next year,
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has chosen CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, as its charity of the year.
MAG serves over 48 million passengers a year through Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.
It chose its new charity partner after polling colleagues at its four airports to find out who they would like to support.
CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
In 2014/15 the charity supported 6,800 children and young people and their families.
The charity’s vision is to support children and young people with cancer from diagnosis onwards and it aims to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.
Rachel Kirby Rider, Director of Fundraising at CLIC Sargent, said: “We are absolutely delighted that, Manchester Airports Group, has selected CLIC Sargent as its new charity partner.
“When a child or young person is diagnosed with cancer, normal life stops. It can be a devastating experience for the whole family. Treatment is often gruelling and can be given a long way from home.
“The stress of dealing with the emotional strain, along with practical and financial concerns can be overwhelming. Each family’s experience of cancer is different. We know this because we take time to listen and understand.
“Our aim is to help ensure that the whole family receives the support which works best for them and the generosity of MAG, through its employees and passengers, will ultimately help us continue to support children and young people with cancer, and their families.”
CLIC Sargent Young Ambassador Sam Shaw was at Manchester airport to celebrate the launch.
Sam, 23, from Gorton, was supported by CLIC Sargent when he was diagnosed with rhabdomysarcoma in 2006 and again in 2012.
Charlie Cornish, CEO of MAG, added: “We’re very much part of the local communities that surround our sites, which is why we are committed to giving something back and ensuring we make a lasting and impactful contribution to society.
“Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and the emotional, practical and financial implications of treatment are intensely challenging for the whole family, so we are pleased to announce CLIC Sargent as our new charity partner.”
Pictured: Stephen Turner, Anne-Marie Jubber, Sam Shaw and Marie Healy launch CLIC at Manchester Airport