Tuesday 22nd September 2020

The donation, which was presented to Teenage Cancer Trust this month, provides much needed funding for the charity’s Youth Support Coordinators – a role which supports teenagers and young adults with cancer during and after diagnosis, increasing resilience, and supporting their mental health and wellbeing. 

The funding, which has come from Barclay’s £100m Community Aid Package – a programme that supports charities that are helping people and communities most impacted by COVID-19 - will support around 400 young cancer patients receiving support from Teenage Cancer Trust in Manchester and Liverpool. 

On receiving the donation, Paul McKenzie, Director of Fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust, said:

"Cancer at any age can be devastating, but because of the emotional and developmental changes they are already going through, young people who develop cancer are often hit hard psychologically. 

"Young people have told us that their Youth Support Coordinator has helped them feel less anxious, less stressed and less alone during cancer treatment. Barclays incredible £100,000 donation is a lifeline for the young people the charity supports, and because of coronavirus, it comes at a time of increased patient need. I cannot thank Barclays enough."

Every day, seven 13-24 year-olds in the UK are diagnosed with cancer and through its dedicated treatment units, its nurses and Youth Support Coordinators, Teenage Cancer Trust puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, during and after their cancer treatment.

Nigel Higgins, Barclays Chairman, said:

"COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social and economic impact in the UK, with many experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis. Incredible charities, such as Teenage Cancer Trust have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent help reaches those most in need of support.

"As a bank we have been doing all we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that by partnering with Teenage Cancer Trust and many other charities across the UK, collectively we can ensure that as many people as possible in the communities in which we live and work are supported through this crisis."

2020 has been a tough year for Teenage Cancer Trust and when coronavirus hit, the charity suddenly lost around half of its income - equating to just over £5million. The charity can’t stop, won’t stop being there for young people with cancer and in response, launched its emergency appeal. Find out more about the work of Teenage Cancer Trust and its appeal at www.teenagecancertrust.org/help


For more information and images please contact Lauren Snaith at lauren.snaith@teenagecancertrust.org or 07852 998234.

Notes to Editor

The £100,000 grant from Barclays will fund six Youth Support Coordinators in the North West (Manchester and Liverpool) for six months. 

About Teenage Cancer Trust

  • Cancer isn’t stopping for Coronavirus and neither is Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to raise £5 million to maintain its frontline services. Donate today: www.teenagecancertrust.org/donate
  • Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the words "you have cancer". 
  • Teenage Cancer Trust puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond. 
  • We do it through our expert nurses, support teams, and hospital units. And we're the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialised nursing care and support.
  • Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland).


About Barclays’ UK Charity Partners

Barclays £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package is supporting charities that are helping vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. Alongside matching colleague donations and fundraising efforts, Barclays are partnering with a number of charities in the UK, Americas, Asia and Europe, delivering help where it is needed most. You can find the latest list of charity partners here.