Get your wig on for charity

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People of all ages across Sunderland are being urged to “get their wigs on” and help boost the funds of a children’s cancer charity.

CLIC Sargent will be hosting its annual Wig Wednesday fundraiser on May 25.

Organisers of the event, launched five years ago, hope this year will be as successful as the last.

Already, 34 schools and companies in the area have signed up to take part in the event.

Dee Tyler, fundraising manager for the region, said: “This year, as well as people being sponsored to wear wigs themselves, we are also encouraging people to nominate someone to wear a wig – it could be a boss, work colleague or headteacher.

“It is such a great event, but it also gets people thinking about what children and young people are going through. And for those who have someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, it is also a sign of solidarity.”

Money raised through sponsorship helps the charity to support families of youngsters diagnosed with cancer.

Last year, the CLIC Sargent team cared for 215 new or relapsed young cancer patients from the North East and Cumbria and distributed support grants to these families totalling over £52,000.

The team is based across the RVI and Freeman Hospitals in Newcastle and consists of five social workers, a social work assistant, an administrator and a team leader, who provide practical, financial and emotional support

For details on Wig Wednesday or to request a fundraising pack, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/wigwednesday or call 08451 212492.