Fane Valley Stores Announce CLIC Sargent Partnership
4th June 2018
Fane Valley Stores are delighted to pledge their support to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. The agri retail business with sixteen stores across Northern Ireland which is part of the farmer’s owned co-operative Fane Valley, has committed to help the charity following a tragic cancer related illness which affected Paul Nesbitt, son of one of their long serving and respected members of staff, who unfortunately lost his life to cancer.
Speaking at the new partnership launch, Thomas Barnett – Retail Manager of Fane Valley Stores remarked, “When Trevor told us the news that his son Paul at just 19 was diagnosed with cancer, we as a business were deeply shocked, and brokenhearted, you never expect to hear such horrifying news from a colleague. Immediately our thoughts and best wishes went out to Trevor and his family. Trevor and his wider family supported Paul through many months of treatment, spending a considerable amount of time away from home and on the road travelling to and from the hospital in Belfast.
“Over the weeks and months we heard Trevor speak very highly of the generous and heart felt care they received from the professional support workers from within CLIC Sargent. We know the amazing and selfless work CLIC Sargent provided Trevor and his family over their time of treatment and in the end, the loss of Paul, so we as a business want to rally behind CLIC Sargent to say a big thank you for supporting one of our colleagues and we are indebted to them for the care and assistance shown to Trevor and his family”.
Trevor Nesbitt, Fane Valley Stores Manager said, “I really cannot speak highly enough of CLIC Sargent. I am not sure how we would have got through this without their support, advice and genuine care. The financial assistance CLIC Sargent offered us, made such a big monumental difference to my family in so many ways.”
Trevor continued, “Over seven months of treatment in Belfast takes its toll and when the children’s charity offered us refuge in Amy’s house, a residential home for families of cancer suffers it was such a massive weight lifted of the family. We were able to stay in the house, which was like a 5star hotel, located within walking distance of the hospital and be near to Paul. Amy’s House had everything we needed It truly was home from home and allowed us to rest, freshen up and eat together as a family, especially on a Sunday.
The support did not stop there, we were given allowances for the family throughout the duration of Paul’s treatment, sometimes just for a sandwich but always with thought.
Sharing our daily experience with other families who were suffering and experiencing the after affects of treatment and sickness was also of great comfort. We made many friends with other families and in some way supported each other at Amy’s house.
Some weeks after we had laid Paul to rest we received a cheque in the post from CLIC Sargent to help with our funeral expenses, a hugely generous gesture from the charity and it did go along way to relieving our financial burdens.”
Trevor Nesbitt concluded, “I am humbled and enormously happy that Fane Valley Stores have asked my permission to support CLIC Sargent on my family’s behalf. Everyday 11 other children in the UK are told they have cancer. I know that through this partnership Fane Valley Stores staff, customers and friends will can raise much needed funds to allow the charity to touch and support other families like they have mine”.