Community retailer The Midcounties Co-operative has launched a new partnership to raise funds and give support to Teenage Cancer Trust.
Over the next two years its food retail, travel, childcare, pharmacy, funeral, energy and flexible benefits businesses will all get behind the UK’s only dedicated charity to improving the lives of young people with cancer.
As well as fun and enterprising ways of raising money, colleagues will also volunteer their times and skills to give practical help.
Chief Executive Ben Reid said: “Supporting our communities and working with charities and local organisations is what sets us apart as a co-operative business.
“We know Teenage Cancer Trust does fantastic work and wants to expand its services. I am sure we can make a real difference by our colleagues, members and customers embracing it as our charity partner.”
Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “It’s great that Midcounties Co-operative and Teenage Cancer Trust have the opportunity to work together to form a powerful and engaging charity partnership during 2013 and 2014.
"Working alongside us they’ll be an integral part in helping maintain and deliver specialist services to young people affected by cancer in the Midcounties communities. Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations to fund all of its vital work so this support will make a big difference.”
David Millward, an 18-year-old student from Warwick, was helped by the trust when he was treated for cancer on a children’s ward. Now a young ambassador for the charity, he said: “I know from first-hand experience the value of what the charity does. It’s great news that Midcounties will be raising money and giving support.”
Give at the Till – 22-24 March
The first main fundraiser will be a Give at the Till weekend on 22-24 March when colleagues will ‘Get Wiggy with it’, wearing wigs to show their support and asking for donations. Its food stores will also sell sunglass themed air fresheners in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Six young people aged between13 to 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day. The charity builds specialist units within NHS hospitals that bring young people together to be treated in a place designed just for them, rather than being treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives.
20,000 hours of nursing care
By the end of the fundraising partnership Teenage Cancer Trust will be able to provide 20,000 hours of nursing care for young people with cancer.
Midcounties’ previous two-year charity partnerships raised between £330,000 to £400,000 for the causes it embraced.
Pictured: Ben Reid, Chief Executive of The Midcounties Co-operative is pictured with former cancer patient David Millward, 18, and Stef Allen of Teenage Cancer Trust, at the launch of the partnership.