Tuesday 1st December was #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving designed to show the world why it is good to give to charity at this time of year. CLIC Sargent is Network Rail’s charity of the year and they wanted to get involved by providing the opportunity for CLIC Sargent to collect at 19 of the largest stations across the UK on Tuesday 1st December to help support children and young people with cancer, and their families.
The challenge for CLIC was how to find enough collectors (‘bucketeers’) to take up this opportunity. The Freemason’s of Berkshire stepped in and Jim Dance organised the bucket collection at Reading Station on behalf of CLIC Sargent providing 30 bucketeers to man the buckets all day from 7am to 7pm. The early start was worth it (one bucketeer was at her post by 6.45am on her birthday!) and the morning commuters were very generous with their donations even though they were rushing to get their trains.
The target for the day was £1,000 but by the end of the evening rush hour there was a total of£1,684 in the buckets which was 27% of the total CLIC Sargent collection for London and the South East. As Martin Peters, the head of the Berkshire Freemasons said: ‘That’s a brilliant total; well done to all concerned’.
The members and families of Berkshire Freemasons are very proud of their active involvement in raising funds for CLIC Sargent throughout the year across Berkshire which doesn’t just include manning bucket collections but also marshalling at the CLIC Sargent sponsored Windsor Half Marathon and providing support at other CLIC events such as the Windsor Race Evening.
Hannah Auer, Area Fundraising Manager, South East for CLIC Sargent said “I’m really impressed by what the Freemasons of Berkshire have done and their support has been invaluable to CLIC Sargent. Well done and thank you so much”.