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Newport dad and daughter plant 100 sunflowers in memory of best friend

Tim Moody and daughter Evie, 4 are fundraising for CLIC Sargent.

NEWPORT dad Tim Moody and daughter Evie are planting 100 sunflower seeds this weekend to raise vital funds for children and young people with cancer, in memory of Tim’s best friend who lost his life to cancer one year ago, in May 2020.

The fundraising challenge is part of the Captain Tom 100 challenge and the pair are raising funds for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

Tim, 37, a local pastor in Risca, Newport, said: “I’m raising money for CLIC Sargent after the fantastic support they provided my dear friend Jon during his battle with cancer. CLIC Sargent social workers are vital in helping young people deal with the practical and everyday issues that cancer brings, such as sorting benefits and helping contact work, schools or colleges, and I know Jon and his wife Rach valued their support. Their CLIC Sargent social worker became more like a friend during Jon’s battle.

“Jon was one of my closest friends and I was privileged to be the best man at his wedding. He was diagnosed with leukaemia three years ago, at just 24 years old, he underwent treatment and was initially given the all clear, but sadly relapsed. A full bone marrow transplant followed but it just didn’t take. I remember the point when we knew it wasn’t going to go the way we wanted it to. I now want to give back to the charity that provided so much support to Jon and help others currently going through cancer. My daughter Evie wanted to get involved as well and, as part of the Captain Tom 100 challenge, we decided to plant 100 sunflowers, which we’ll give out to friends, family and our community and ask for donations as well as hopefully spread some positivity. This is part of a bigger fundraising push; my overall aim is to raise £2021 in 2021 with the final event being the Virtual London Marathon ran around the local area in October.”

Georgia Langley, CLIC Sargent Fundraising Events and Engagement Executive, said:

“We would like to thank Tim and Evie for their commitment to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent through their innovative #CaptainTom100 challenge this weekend. Captain Sir Tom Moore’s message of ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’ provides inspiration to millions across the country, and we can’t thank Tim and Evie enough for helping to make tomorrow a good day for children, young people and families facing cancer. We also wish Tim the best for the rest of his fundraising and his marathon – we’ll be cheering him on.”

To support Tim, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tim-Moody2