Aldi has raised an incredible £4 million for Teenage Cancer Trust since partnering with the charity just two years ago.
The £4 million raised so far is already making a huge difference to the lives of young people with cancer and is enough to support two years’ funding of 30 specialist nurses, 15 Youth Support Coordinators and four Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinators.
Across the UK, Aldi employees have organised raffles, cake sales and till collections, and taken part in sponsored cycle rides and marathons to raise money. Their efforts have put Aldi approximately two years ahead of its funding schedule, having originally pledged to raise £5 million by 2022.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to Aldi’s support, Teenage Cancer Trust is able to reach more young people than ever before.
Josh, 25, from Leeds is a deputy manager at Aldi in Chapel Allerton, and was diagnosed with a Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour in 2017. He has received treatment on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at St James’s hospital in Leeds.
He said: “The nurses and Youth Support Coordinators on the unit were amazing and really helpful, and I also made some good mates. It helped having people there my own age and who understood what I was going through. There were all sorts of activities to keep my mind off things, like a snooker table, arts and crafts, a PlayStation and a TV. Thankfully the team at Aldi in Chapel Allerton have been supportive and amazing to me through everything. We’ve done some in-store fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust too, including raffles and store collections.”
Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Teenage Cancer Trust play a crucial role in supporting young people through an incredibly difficult time, and it fills me with pride to know that colleagues from across Aldi are doing their bit to assist this important charity.
“The fact that we’re nearly two years ahead of our funding target shows how passionately everyone has taken to this task.”
Kate Collins, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “On behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust, I’d like to say a massive thank you to Aldi for the huge difference they’re making to young people with cancer across the UK. Reaching the £4 million milestone only two years into the partnership is incredible, and a real testament to the hard work, passion and enthusiasm of Aldi’s team and customers.
“Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialised nursing and emotional support to 13-24 year olds with cancer. No young person should face cancer alone, and thanks to Aldi we are closer than ever to reaching every young person who needs us.”