Clown’s comic capers lift cancer sufferers

The Sandow Clowns Slapstick Theatre Show at Belper Leisure Centre. Pictured is Fizzy Pop with some of the children from the audience.
The Sandow Clowns Slapstick Theatre Show at Belper Leisure Centre. Pictured is Fizzy Pop with some of the children from the audience.
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Young people with cancer will benefit from the visit of a touring clown show which put on a performance in Belper at the weekend.

CLIC Sargent, which supports and assists children affected by the disease, will receive a lift from the Sandow Clowns Slapstick Theatre after a show at Belper Leisure Centre on Saturday.

Since 2005 the show has toured with an agreement to hand all profits to the national charity and has so far generated £25,000.

Stilt-walking, juggling and a ‘comical musical car’, were among the attractions delighting audiences at the lesiure centre and helping to raise funds.

Children were invited on to the stage to take part in comic items and playing music.

Nancy Bratby from Sandow said: “We had more than 80 people turn out and had some really lovely comments at the end.

“We really enjoyed seeing Belper again.

“We have an all-profit covenant with CLIC Sargant and the money we raise is donated to the charity on a annual basis.”

CLIC Sargent (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood) provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support, helping families and children to cope with the impact of cancer and the massive life-changes that go with the disease. Around 1,600 children under the age of 16 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK.

But a CLIC Sargent study found almost four in 10 people in the East Midlands (39 per cent) underestimated this number, while 24 per cent said they did not know. Stephen Jackett, fundraising manager for CLIC Sargant, said: “Every day sadly 10 children and young people in the UK contract the disease.

“Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last up to three years. Survival rates are over 80 per cent but the disease is still the largest cause of child loss over other diseases.”

For more information on the charity’s work phone 0113 288 3223 or visit www.clicsargant.org.uk