No young person should face cancer alone but according to Teenage Cancer Trust, only half of 13-24 year olds with cancer currently have access to their specialist support and services. Aldi’s partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust will see Aldi’s staff and customers come together to help to change that by meeting a life-changing fundraising target of £5 million over the next five years.
Teenage Cancer Trust delivers world-class cancer care and support to young people diagnosed with cancer aged 13 to 24. They work in partnership with the NHS to provide highly-trained expert staff and specialist cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK. The charity is there at every stage, from diagnosis, through treatment and after treatment. It also brings young people with cancer together so they can support each other. Money raised throughout the partnership will go towards helping Teenage Cancer Trust to reach every young person with cancer. Aldi will utilise its national resources to fully support the charity and will match its regional depots with regional units in NHS hospitals to provide the most meaningful local impact at national scale.
Mary Dunn, Communications Director at Aldi UK, said: “At Aldi, we ensure quality food is available at everyday low prices as we believe it shouldn’t be the right of a privileged few – and we feel the same about specialist care for young people facing cancer. That’s why we’re extremely proud to be supporting Teenage Cancer Trust through this sustained legacy partnership.
“By committing to a five year relationship we can make a truly tangible impact and help close the gap between those who are supported as they face cancer and those currently out of the system”. Aldi has recently been revealed as the headline sponsor of Teenage Cancer Trust’s fundraising concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2017. Since 2000, the shows have played a vital role in helping the charity having raised over £24 million to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK.
Kate Collins, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We’re so pleased and proud to be partnering with our friends at Aldi. Together with Aldi’s staff and customers, we’re going to have loads of fun raising a significant amount of money to help ensure no young person faces cancer alone. “We’ve made great progress in making sure young people with cancer have the best treatment, care and support. However, right now, for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust is able to reach, there’s another we can’t. Aldi is going to help us change that. Every penny raised will make the vital work of Teenage Cancer Trust possible. We’re incredibly grateful for the passionate and enthusiastic support that the amazing Aldi team are giving to young people with cancer.”