Lossie Green inspiration
Motivated by the astonishing story of a colleague, staff from the Lossie Green Extra store in Elgin have already raised over £5,000 for CLIC Sargent.
Vanna Waters, charity champion for Lossie Green Extra said: “When the partnership with CLIC Sargent was announced I knew it would be particularly welcomed by Angie Bruce, customer assistant on our Direct Desk.
“Unfortunately in 1999, following a brave battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, her little boy Garry died aged four. I know her family received wonderful support from CLIC Sargent and her story has been all the inspiration we need to make sure we raise as much for these nurses as we possibly can.”
Angie said: “When your child is diagnosed with cancer it is absolutely devastating and impacts on the whole family. Garry spent long periods of time in hospital. I spent the week with Garry in hospital, while my aunty helped look after his brother and sister at home, and my husband John spent Friday to Sunday with him. It is 67 miles from Elgin to the hospital and we spent hours travelling back and forth – it really was very stressful.
“CLIC Sargent Nurses do a wonderful job. Having a nurse who is able to come to you, take bloods and answer your questions and support the whole family is an amazing help. I’m thrilled that Tesco is able to help raise money so more families can benefit from one.”
Sadly as a result of this traumatic period in their lives, Angie and John parted company. However, after six years apart, Tesco and their family and friends celebrated a happy ending as the couple were recently remarried. Instead of wedding gifts guests were asked to donate to the CLIC Sargent Tesco Charity of the Year partnership.
Angie said: “Cancer happens to the whole family but it is possible to move on. Being able to support CLIC Sargent is so important and asking our guests to support the charity partnership made it feel like Garry was almost there with us.”