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HELP CHILDREN IN LEEDS WITH CANCER AND GIVE UP CLOTHES FOR GOOD

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People across Leeds are being urged to support TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes for Good campaign, which raises vital funds for Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People.

This September, show support and raise money for research into children’s and young people’s cancers by wearing a gold ribbon pin badge available from Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx stores to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – people across Leeds are being called on to clear out their wardrobes to help more children and young people survive cancer. They are being urged to donate any pre-loved quality clothing, accessories and homeware they no longer need to TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes for Good campaign, in support of Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People.

For many across the region, the extra time spent at home during the COVID-19 outbreak has provided an opportunity to focus on de-cluttering – which can now be put to good use. When sold in Cancer Research UK shops, each bag of items donated could raise up to £25 to help fund research into children’s and young people’s cancers.

With around 150 children diagnosed with cancer every year in Yorkshire and the Humber, the need to support this vital work is as important as ever.

Lisa Millet, Yorkshire spokesperson for Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People said:

“The truth is COVID-19 has slowed us down, but we will never stop. Cancer in children and young people is different to cancer in adults – from the types of cancer, to the impact of treatment and the long-term side effects survivors often experience. That’s why it needs different, dedicated research which campaigns like Give Up Clothes for Good help to fund.

“Cancer still claims the lives of around 510 under 25s every year in the UK. We want to help more children and young people survive cancer with a good quality of life. So, we hope as many people as possible will help to get our life-saving research back on track by donating any quality clothes or goods at their local TK Maxx store.”

More children are surviving cancer than ever before, thanks in large part to the work of Cancer Research UK. TK Maxx is the biggest corporate supporter of the charity’s work into children’s and young people’s cancers and, since 2004, has raised more than £37m to help improve survival.

Jo Murphy, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at TK Maxx said:

“We’re incredibly grateful to our associates and customers across Leeds who have helped us to raise millions for research into children’s and young people’s cancers. We’re making every effort to ensure that people can donate safely, so we can keep transforming their pre-loved items into vital funds. We hope the local community will show their support, because their donations really could help to save lives.”

Give Up Clothes for Good is one of the UK’s longest running clothes collection campaigns. It also provides an environmental benefit through the re-use and recycling of goods. People can donate at any TK Maxx store, all year round, including Leeds, Leeds Crown Point, Birstall, Colton, Guiseley, Bradford, Halifax, Keighley, Wakefield.

About Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People:

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Around 4,400 children and young people (aged 0-24) are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK; that’s around 360 cases every month, 84 cases each week and 12 cases each day.
  • More than 8 in 10 children and young people (aged 0-24) diagnosed with cancer in the UK now survive for at least five years.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People’s vision is to improve survival and reduce long-term side effects for children and young people with cancer.
  • Money raised through Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People will be ring-fenced to fund research into cancers affecting children and young people (aged 0-24). Donations will be used to fund research to help more 0-24-year-olds survive cancer and do so with a good quality of life.

About TK Maxx supporting Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People:

  • TK Maxx’s support of Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People is part of a year-round fundraising partnership which includes their clothes collection campaign, Give Up Clothes for Good which takes place again this September.
  • The clothes are then sold at Cancer Research UK shops to raise funds for Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People.
  • The Give Up Clothes for Good campaign runs all year round and donation points are available in all TK Maxx stores.
  • TK Maxx is the biggest corporate supporter of Cancer Research UK’s research into children’s cancers.
  • Since 2004, TK Maxx has raised £37 million for Cancer Research UK’s work into children’s cancer and £4 million for their general cancer research.
  • TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People recently won Retail Charity Partnership of the Year at the Retail System Awards 2019. Give Up Clothes for Good was also shortlisted as Best Green Initiative, recognising the positive impact the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign has on the environment.

Supporters can also help raise funds by wearing a gold ribbon badge – the awareness symbol of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – available from TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK stores throughout September.

Cancer in children and young people is different to cancer in adults – from the types of cancer to the specific challenges facing the research community. Our statement of intent outlines how we intend to support researchers to overcome these challenges and drive progress in children’s and young people’s cancer research www.cancerresearchuk.org

For more information visit www.tkmaxx.com

Source Cancer Research UK