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This brave 11-year-old cancer sufferer's face might earn a charity £7m

By SWEPnino  |  Posted: January 13, 2017

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Cai Evans, the face of a cancer charity campaign.

Cai Evans, the face of a cancer charity campaign.

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A YOUNG cancer survivor from Swansea has been chosen as the face of a campaign to win £7 million for a cancer charity.

Cai Evans, aged 11, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013 when he was just eight years old, and his family are now urging Morrisons employees across the region to vote for CLIC Sargent in a staff poll for the supermarket chain's new charity partner.

CLIC Sargent provides support for young cancer sufferers and their families.

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Cai's photo and his family's story will be on hundreds of posters being put up by volunteers across Wales, aiming to help the charity come top in the vote.

His mum Jo Evans said: "When I first heard the news I just went numb.

"I was just going through the motions. Thank God that it happened so quickly, so we didn't really have time to process things. We were just on to the next thing to do."

"The whole thing has been unbelievably stressful and difficult for us all. I was on my last legs and there were lots of times when I just thought I couldn't cope."

Above: Cai, his mum Jo, and key worker Jane Cope

"Cai started chemotherapy and things were really difficult and that was when Jane Cope, our CLIC Sargent key worker, came to him.

"That was when things finally started falling into place. We started to see a change and things were getting a bit better. She started to develop a relationship of trust with him and it made a real difference".

According to research from CLIC Sargent, on average parents whose children are on cancer treatment face extra living expenses of £600 a month, forcing many into debt.

Ruth Caulfield, CLIC Sargent fundraising manager, said: "Seven million pounds would transform the lives of thousands of young cancer patients and their families right across the UK, and we're so proud to have the backing of Cai, his family, and our army of volunteers in Wales.

"If we win, CLIC Sargent will be able to double the amount of financial grants we give to families and young people struggling to cope with the extra costs of cancer, increase specialist nursing support for young patients, and create safe havens for families to relax away from the intensity of the cancer wards.

"On behalf of young cancer patients and families like Cai's - please vote Team CLIC Sargent for Morrisons' new charity partner and help stop cancer destroying young lives."

Last year, across the UK, CLIC Sargent supported around 7,100 children and young people with cancer and their families and awarded over £1.11 million in financial aid, including 288 young patients and their families from Wales, who received over £57,404.20 of financial grants to help them deal with the financial impact of cancer.

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The charity's health and social care professionals include social workers, nurses and play specialists.

According to their research, children and young people with cancer in Wales had to make on average a round trip of 62 miles to the Children's Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, to receive treatment.

Jo Evans added: "I really hope that all Morrisons' employees vote for CLIC Sargent so they can help more families like ours in Wales. Without Jane and the charity's help all of this would have been a nightmare; I don't even want to think about it."

This January Morrisons' employees across the country are being asked to vote for their new charity partner, worth up to £7 million for the winning charity. To find out more about cancer support charity CLIC Sargent's bid to win, and how you can support it, visit: www.clicsargent.org.uk/morrisons

Nino Williams / nino.williams@swwmedia.co.uk/ @ninominoli

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