A trio of talented teenagers have helped design a bag to raise funds for the cancer charity that supported them through their own treatment for disease.
Amber Haney, Enna Stephens and Sam Brown helped create the striking artwork for the CLIC Sargent canvas bag that will be sold at Morrisons stores across the country to mark World Cancer Day which is on Monday 4 February.
An initial 50,000 bags will go on sale for £3, with a 20 per cent donation per bag going to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families.
The teenagers were invited to a design day at Morrisons’ head office in Bradford by bag manufacturers the Solent Group. Design elements created by each child were combined in the final artwork on the environmentally-friendly jute and cotton bags. The children also suggested the words used in the design, as they reflect their positive experience of CLIC Sargent.
Amber, 15, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, was supported by CLIC Sargent after being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare type of throat cancer, on her 13th birthday. After treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medication she is now stable.
Mum Su said: “Amber created an Indian henna mandala design which has been used on the side of the bag. When she was in hospital she used to do henna designs on herself. She spent such a long time lying in bed in hospital and henna was one of the things she could do without getting too exhausted.”
Enna, 15, from Redcar, North Yorkshire, was seven when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After lengthy treatment she has been clear for five years.
Mum Vana said: “Enna absolutely loved it. Being involved was amazing. She would like to be a designer when she is older. Enna came up with the main heart design on the front. She decided to put all the words about how CLIC Sargent made her feel – words like hope, peace, support and love. I’m extremely proud of her.”
Sam, 13, from York, was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was 11. While he was in hospital being treated his Sargent social worker noticed his talent for drawing. This led to him being invited to design the charity’s 2017 Christmas card and also banners used on Morrisons’ Facebook page promoting last year’s World Cancer Day and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Mum Emma said: “Sam’s a really good artist and the work he’s done with Morrisons and CLIC Sargent has started him thinking about how he could use these skills for his career.”
Andy Atkinson, group marketing director at Morrisons, said: “Amber, Enna and Sam have come up with a really imaginative design for the bag and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to encourage their artistic talents. We’re sure that customers will love it and that it will raise lots of money to support CLIC Sargent’s vital work.”
The bag is just one of the ways that Morrisons colleagues are supporting World Cancer Day.
Customers will be able to snap up “Bands Against Cancer” for a suggested donation of £2 and colleagues will also be raising cash for CLIC Sargent in a wide variety of other ways.
Morrisons colleagues chose CLIC Sargent to be the retailer’s charity partner following a staff vote in January 2017 and have already raised more than £6 million.
This World Cancer Day, CLIC Sargent is highlighting how young cancer patients and their families have to face the financial and emotional burden of cancer coming back. Cancer costs families an average of £600 a month during treatment. These costs hit even harder for families going through cancer more than once.
To find out more, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk.