A very special relationship was forged at the Cambridge News’ Pride of Cambridge Community Awards earlier this year when headline sponsors John Lewis Cambridge adopted the Liam Fairhurst Foundation as one of its branch charities.
As well as being headline sponsor of the awards, John Lewis also specifically sponsored the Liam Fairhurst Most Courageous Young Person Award, which recognises youngsters who have displayed courage and/or bravery in different ways and is named in honour of Liam Fairhurst who raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for CLIC Sargent before losing his fight against cancer in 2009.
Head of branch Dominic Joyce explains, “I was deeply impressed when I spoke to Callum at the Community Awards and thought it would be very fitting that we should develop an ongoing relationship with the charity that inspired the award we sponsor each year. Callum is an inspirational young man who works tirelessly to raise money for and promote the charity he and his parents set up to honour the memory of Liam. We’ll be delighted to offer any help and support we can over the coming year and we’re just very grateful to the Cambridge News for introducing us to such a worthwhile cause.‘
The first thing the charity and the department store will be doing together is providing Christmas presents for the Addenbrooke’s Ward C2 (children’s cancer ward) Christmas party, to be held on the 14th December.
Callum Fairhurst says, “We’re really pleased that John Lewis Cambridge is offering its ongoing support to the Liam Fairhurst Foundation. Although we’re a small charity we have big ambitions and having John Lewis Cambridge behind us is fantastic. We’re very grateful to them for providing the Christmas presents this year. We usually pay for the gifts out of our own funds, to recognise how supportive staff on Ward C2 were when Liam was there, but having John Lewis provide them instead means we can use our funds in other ways to help youngsters fighting against cancer.”
Member of the play team from Addenbrooke’s joined Callum for a shopping trip in John Lewis and chose 70 gifts. The goodies will be gift wrapped and presented to the children by Santa Claus himself.
Judith Brammar, play specialist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, said, “We’ve had great fun taking our shopping list into John Lewis and browsing the shelves in the Toys and Gifts departments. We’re so grateful to both John Lewis Cambridge and the Liam Fairhurst Foundation for helping us make this