Johnson Matthey selects CLIC Sargent as its charity partner

Johnson Matthey selects CLIC Sargent as its charity partner

Every two years, Johnson Matthey selects a charity partner in the UK and centres its fundraising activities on that cause. Sites in other countries are encouraged to find and support a similar charity.

Johnson Matthey has chosen CLIC Sargent – the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people – as its charity partner for 2012 to 2014. CLIC Sargent supports children and young people with cancer and their families by providing clinical, practical and emotional support.

Facing childhood cancer is a devastating experience for the whole family. Normal everyday family life is turned upside down. During treatment, which can last up to three years, children and young people may miss out on school, college or employment opportunities; families are separated for long periods of time and travel long distances for treatment and hospital appointments.

Much of the help given by the charity is practical. When a three year old was diagnosed with cancer in Scotland in 2009, a CLIC Sargent social worker made contact the day the family got the results of the biopsy. She came with them to meetings and was able to explain anything they didn't understand. "We were also able to stay at CLIC Villa, which is across the road from the hospital," said the boy's mother. On the financial front, the social worker helped the family to claim disability living allowance.

Funds raised go towards a range of services: financial support, free breaks for families, play specialists who use play to help children understand the procedures involved, free self-catering accommodation close to specialist hospitals and more.

CLIC Sargent is affiliated to the International Confederation of Cancer Parent Organizations or ICCCPO, which has member organisations on five continents. Johnson Matthey's operations around the world have been invited to get involved and support their local childhood cancer charity.

Support for charities is engrained in the Johnson Matthey ethic. Sites support charities in their own countries or local communities and much individual effort is put into fundraising. The company's principal charity partnership in the UK runs for a defined short term period and the sums raised provide a very real support to the charity. In the previous partnership, over £70,000 was raised to support of British Heart Foundation.