Hitchin play centre owner backs CLIC Sargent’s Wig Wednesday after son’s leukaemia diagnosis
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Staff at a children’s play centre in Hitchin have been getting behind a hair-raising effort for a cause close to their hearts.
Visitors to Space2Play in Wilbury Way were greeted yesterday by a wig wearing team who have been raising cash for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
The effort – one of many so-called Wig Wednesday events held across the country – was organised by the centre’s owner Jason Flynn, whose son Oliver is being treated for leukaemia after being diagnosed last year.
All entry fees to the indoor soft play and party centre were donated to the cause, which supports children and young people battling cancer.
“I’d never heard of CLIC Sargent and it’s only when Oliver was diagnosed with leukaemia we found out about the important work they do,” said Jason, 47, who says staff will continue to collect donations at the play centre all week.
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“We didn’t know what to think when Oliver was diagnosed but after having CLIC Sargent’s support we wanted to give something back.
“I don’t mind wearing a ridiculous wig and making myself look silly to raise extra funds – it’s all about getting the message out there.
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“There are lots of events taking place across the country so even if everyone raised £100 that could make a huge difference.”
The charity’s fundraising manager Catherine Cadman also went along to show her support.
She said: “It was fantastic to see the amazing wigs on display at Space2Play and we’re so pleased everyone had fun while raising money for the children and young people we support.
“Every day 10 children and young people are given the devastating news they have cancer. All the money raised by Wig Wednesday goes towards providing vital practical, emotional and financial support for families coping with cancer.”
You can find out more by visiting www.clicsargent.org.uk.