Portsmouth-based recruiter raises £10,000 for Young Lives vs Cancer

Portsmouth-based recruitment agency Astute celebrated reaching its £10,000 fundraising target for Young Lives vs Cancer at their Lakeside offices on Tuesday (17 October).


Terry Buckel, Founder and CEO of Astute, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to make such a sizeable donation to Young Lives vs Cancer’s incredible work.


“We’ve seen first-hand the crucial support the charity provides to young people and their families impacted by childhood cancer.


“Initially, we set ourselves a fundraising target of £5,000, but with more and more of the team getting involved in challenge events, we decided to double our original target.”


In order to hit their increased target, the Astute team took on a number of fundraising events, including the 50km South West Ultra Challenge, Great South Run and climbing Mont Buet in France.


“I’m really proud of the team for raising such an amazing amount for a cause close to our hearts,” added Terry.


Young Lives vs Cancer (formally CLIC Sargent) is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families, formed in 2005 through the merger of Sargent Cancer Care for Children and CLIC.


Liz Blunt, Senior Fundraising Engagement Manager at Young Lives vs Cancer, said, “We’re incredibly grateful to Astute, raising more than £10,000 for our vital work is a fantastic achievement that will have a great impact on the support we can provide.”


Every day 12 people and young people hear the news they have cancer, with more than 300 supported at Southampton Hospital annually. 


The Principal Treatment Centre is the only specialist hospital for young cancer patients in Hampshire and serves a wide area that includes Dorset, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight.


“Our team at Southampton Hospital provide emotional, practical and financial support to families impacted by a cancer diagnosis.


“It is complex and vital work, and they provide tailored care throughout someone’s cancer journey,” added Liz.


Young Lives vs Cancer also runs Jean’s House; a “Home from Home” close to Southampton Hospital where families can stay free of charge so they can be close to their child in hospital.


Young Lives vs Cancer’s recent research shows that on average a family needs to find an extra £700 a month when they have a child with cancer.


“Astute’s donation could pay for a family to stay at Jean’s House for a whole year, and we couldn’t be more grateful to the team for their fundraising efforts and generosity.”


To find out about supporting Young Lives vs Cancer at your workplace, please contact Liz Blunt at liz.blunt@younglivesvscancer.org.uk