A cancer charity is celebrating a £4million boost thanks to funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

CLIC Sargent, which has a headquarters in Hammersmith, provides support for children and young people with cancer across the UK.

The impressive amount of money raised will be used to help patients like six-year-old Charlie Stevens, from Buckhaven, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just two and half years old.

“When you hear that your child has cancer you are just stuck" said Charlie's mother Evonne.

Adding: "You just think ‘What can I do? What did he do? Why did this happen?"

The money will go towards helping children like Charlie

The family were able to stay in free accommodation, provided by the charity, and were supported by a CLIC Sargent social worker.

Evonne said: "The money raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery is fantastic.

"I’m sure it will mean a lot to the children and families going through this horrible disease.

"The help and support from CLIC Sargent is overwhelming and we can’t thank them enough for what they did.

"We will never forget it."

Lead Account Manager for the charity, Sarah Colberg expressed her gratitude at the "incredible amount of money" donated, which she says will make a "huge difference" to many young people who are affected by cancer.

The Hammersmith-based charity celebrate the £4m donation

She said: "We know that for many families when the doctor says ‘it’s cancer’, normal life stops.

"They often have to embark on lengthy, gruelling treatment, which can have so many major impacts, outside just their health.

"We rely entirely on finding like this to keep providing vital support, including the work of our social care and nursing professionals, our free accommodation Homes from Home and financial grants.

"We can’t thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery enough."

A minimum of 30% from every £10 People’s Postcode Lottery subscription is awarded to charities like CLIC Sargent.

Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, Clara Govier, said: "We couldn’t be happier that our players are supporting a charity which provides such vital support to young cancer patients and their families.

"It is great to think that the support of our players will help to provide such important services."

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